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WATCH: McCarthy: ‘I’m fit and ready to go’

8 August 2019

Speaking with Palace TV having put pen to paper with Crystal Palace, latest signing James McCarthy has revealed that he is “fit and ready to go if selected” upon joining the Eagles.

Describing his move as a ‘fresh start’, McCarthy said: “I can’t wait to get started. I’ve trained all pre-season and I’m feeling fit and ready to go if selected.”

Explaining what encouraged him to sign for Palace, McCarthy revealed two-time former teammate James McArthur was a key factor in making his decision.

“To be honest,” he said, “speaking to Jamesy and then just coming to Selhurst Park last season - I didn’t actually play but I was on the bench - it feels like a very nice club, a nice family club. The fans obviously come out in their numbers and I spoke to Jamesy, he couldn’t speak any more highly of it.”

McCarthy and McArthur have played together at both Hamilton Academical and Wigan Athletic - where they played alongside one another at Wembley as the Latics won the 2013 FA Cup final - and have been noted for their similar playing style as well as deceptively close names…

“It’s brilliant [reuniting with McArthur],” said McCarthy. “As I said, he’s been on text, been on the phone just telling me how good a place it is and telling me to try and get here as soon as possible. It’s been a long summer and I’m delighted to be here and excited to work with James again.

“The two of us will work hard for the team. Jamesy’s popped up with a few goals which is brilliant to see as well. I think I want to add some goals to my game as well but the most important thing is working hard and get going. I want to work hard and it’s good for a fresh start.”

You can watch McCarthy’s first interview as an Eagle in full below!

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