Former Palace loanee Paul McShane is expecting a tough game when the Eagles travel to Hull City on Saturday.
The Ireland international spent five months on loan in SE25 from the Tigers at the end of the 2011/12 season, making 12 appearances in all competitions to help Palace secure their Championship status.
And McShane looks back fondly on his short spell at Selhurst Park, calling the Eagles “a great club.”
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, the 27-year-old defender said of his time with the Eagles: “It was grand. At the time I needed to get out and play as much as I could, so it was a bit forced, I didn’t really want to leave Hull, but I had to. I was getting no game time at all, so I went there and enjoyed it.
“It was a really good club, a great club. They had some great players there and they are a good team, so it’s going to be tough. It’s a big game.
“They’ve got some very good players. These sort of games will always be competitive because it’s a tough league. We need to be at our best to get something from the game.”
McShane did not feature for Ireland during the international break and says he is fully refreshed for the visit of Palace.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I had a few days off at the weekend, so I feel refreshed and ready for the game on Saturday.”
The clash at the KC Stadium marks the start of a busy month for Hull, who face the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United during a testing seven-game spell in December.
McShane added: “It’s a busy period for us in December. We’ve got some very tough games so it’s going to be hard, as it is throughout the whole season, but we’ve just got to get ourselves ready for it. We tried to get as much rest as we can over the time off and get ready for a busy period.”