Monday 26 August 2019

'I'm delighted to be here - it's a fresh start, one I thought I needed'

James McCarthy. Photo: Sportsfile
James McCarthy. Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

James McCarthy has told Roy Hodgson that he feels ready to make his Crystal Palace debut against his old club Everton tomorrow.

McCarthy finalised his £8m (€8.7m) move to Palace ahead of the transfer deadline, admitting that he desperately needs a "fresh start" after a frustrating end to his time at Everton.

He only made one sub appearance under Marco Silva last term after battling back from a leg break to find himself sitting on the bench.

By coincidence, Palace start their campaign against Everton, and the midfielder says he's ready to play a part.

"I've trained all pre-season and feel fit and ready to go if selected," said the Glaswegian.

"I'm delighted to be here. It's been a long summer and it's a fresh start, one I thought that I needed. The most important thing is getting in the team as I've not played many games."

McCarthy was the big Irish mover of the transfer window conclusion.

Free agent Glenn Whelan is still mulling over his options, and can take his time as he doesn't need to process a transfer.

Elsewhere, Ipswich have loaned Irish striker Aaron Drinan to Swedish second-tier side GAIS.

Ireland international Greg Cunningham was also on the move, completing a season long loan move from Cardiff to fellow Championship side Blackburn Rovers

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