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Eagles Swoop For Bannan

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16:40 2nd September 2013


Palace have continued their deadline day dealings by signing Scotland international Barry Bannan from Aston Villa on a three year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 23 year old links up with Ian Holloway again having been a part of the Blackpool side that won promotion to the Premier League in 2010.

Bannan, who now links up with his international team mates for their World Cup qualifiers against Belgium and Macedonia, has had loan spells at Derby County and Leeds United but broke through into the Villa first-team having progressed through their academy, and made 83 appearances for them since making his debut in December 2008.

Speaking to Palace Player, he said: “I went back home to Scotland over the weekend ahead of meeting up with the international squad so I've had to travel back down but it's a great bit of news for me.

“I was at Blackpool with the gaffer here when they got promotion that year and that was probably the highlight of my career so far.

“It is a big move for me to leave Villa and I would like to thank the fans there but it's a new chapter in my life now and I can't wait to get started. 

“I want to get myself in the door and start training and hopefully get myself in the team. I haven't played this season and didn't much last year so I can't wait to get going.”