Sunday 22 October 2017

St Patrick's Athletic the favourites to land former Crystal Palace midfielder Owen Garvan

Former Crystal Palace star Owen Garvan
Former Crystal Palace star Owen Garvan
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

St Patrick's Athletic are expected to beat off competition from Bray Wanderers and Limerick to sign ex-Crystal Palace midfielder Owen Garvan.

The 29-year-old is a free agent and looks set for a move to the League of Ireland.

Garvan joined Ipswich Town from Home Farm in 2004 before spending six years with the Tractor Boys. He made the switch to Palace in 2010 and made 87 appearances for the club in helping them secure promotion to the Premier League.

He was released by Palace in the summer of 2015 after loan spells at Millwall and Bolton Wanderers and join Colchester United.

The U's relegated to England’s fourth tier and Garvan became disenchanted with the club's policy of favouring young players.

He parted company with Colchester in April and is now looking at reinvigorating his career back home in Ireland.

“I’ve spoken to a few [LOI] managers and they’ve told me to come out and have a look at the games and see what I think,” Garvan, who attended Tuesday night’s meeting between Shamrock Rovers and Bray Wanderers, told the LOI Weekly podcast.

"The next step for me is either to stay in Ireland and play football here or go and try find a club in England. I’m still undecided but it’s good to be back to have a break and see family and friends.

“If I’m over in England then I want to play big games but if that’s not going to happen then maybe I need to come back and spend more time with my family — I’ve got a lot of nieces and nephews — and also play football.”

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