Sunday 20 January 2019

Garvan heading out of Palace again as loan move beckons for Dubliner

FORMER Ireland U21 cap Owen Garvan is in line for another move away from Crystal Palace after he failed to win a place in their official 25-man squad for the Premier League season.

Palace, like all top flight clubs in England, have to confirm a squad of 25 for the new season but Dubliner Garvan has not been included so even though he's under contract for another season he cannot play for the Eagles until Janaury.

Championship side Boilton Wanderers have already been lined with a move for the former Home Farm man and a loan deal could go through before the weekend.

Garvan, 26, was in a similar position 12 months ago. He had started the Premier League season in the Palace side, featuring in early-season games against Tottenham and Stoke City but once the deadline for the 25-man panel came into place he was cut adrift.


He then suffered a knee injury which sidelined him for a long period before he sealed a loan move to Millwall, Garvan helping out as the Lions avoided relegation from the Championship.

He has been involved with Palace this season, appearing as a sub in a League Cup win over Walsall but he will now have to either seek a loan move away or else stay at Palace knowing he cannot play until the new year.

Meanwhile, Ireland man Stephen Gleeson believes that he is prospering following his move up to Championship level with his transfer to Birmingham City.

The midfielder ended a long spell in League One when he was brought to Birmingham and the move has suited Gleeson.

"I probably spent two years too long in League One," said the 26-year-old, capped twice at senior level by Steve Staunton in 2007.

"I really wanted to do it (promotion) with MK, but it never happened.

"I felt around January that I knew it was time to move on. When Birmingham came in for me it was a no-brainer. I was not too worried about the football side of it. I've always felt I would be OK in the Championship, compete and not look out of place.


"The main thing I found when I came was the fitness levels. The lads are tremendously fit. But fitness-wise and football-wise. I've got confidence in myself and this was a move that I had to make.

"Birmingham is a massive club and I just want to do well for them I think I can be good for this club as this club can be good for me."

"In three out of the last four years I could have made the move to the Championship," Gleeson added. "But this was the first one in those three years that really felt right. I know the Midlands, Birmingham is a massive club. The minute I knew they were interested I wanted to speak to them.

"The manager blew me away as well. He said he didn't want the season Birmingham had last year. And I wasn't coming here to be involved in a relegation fight.

"The minute I saw the training ground, the infrastructure, I just knew. The manager gave me the confidence that this season would be different to the last.

"And the minute after I spoke to the manager I just told my agent to get it done and thankfully it was."

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