With the friendlies against the likes of Bromley and Fulham firmly behind us, Andros Townsend has expressed his impatience to get out on the pitch and start playing Premier League football again.
“Like everyone else, I’m very excited," he said. "I can’t wait to get going now. Pre-season was good and we got some good workouts against some good opposition and I think that everyone now is focused on Saturday.”
Townsend has spent much of his career out on loan, plying his trade throughout the divisions while waiting for his chance at Tottenham before a permanent move to Newcastle United last January saw him finally leave his boyhood club.
The winger loved the new challenges thrown up at the different clubs he has represented and now, having settled in quickly during pre-season in SE25, he is keen to get going in the league. “I’ve played football for 11 or 12 clubs now but this is the first time I’ve done pre-season away from Spurs," he said.
"It was a new experience and one I thoroughly enjoyed. Now I just can’t wait to play a competitive game for Palace in front of my new fans.”
Townsend decided to move back down to London to join up with the Eagles following Newcastle's relegation to the Championship; and it was a decision which, he admitted, was tough to make: “It was an extremely hard decision to leave Newcastle; but I just decided that I needed to be playing Premier League football.”
Another pull was the Eagles' manager.
“Alan Pardew was a big factor," he said. "If you look at Wilf Zaha, he came back from Man United maybe slightly low on confidence but you can see how well Wilf was playing last season and Yannick and Jason Puncheon too. He’s got the best out of the wingers at this club so hopefully he can do the same with me.
“It’s difficult to move around a lot. When I first signed for Newcastle, I didn’t see myself leaving within 4 or 5 months, but it’s one of those things. Now I’m back in London, I’m back home and hopefully now I can put my roots down and stay here for 4 or 5 years or even longer.”