Palace switch excites McCarthy

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July 24, 2015 14:16:44 UK

Alan Pardew guided Palace to mid-table security last season.

Alex McCarthy is thrilled to be back in the Premier League after completing his switch from QPR to Crystal Palace on a four-year deal.

The former Reading goalkeeper, who is Palace boss Alan Pardew’s third signing of the summer, only featured in three Premier League matches last season as QPR suffered relegation.

The former England Under-21 international said: “I’m over the moon. When I first heard about Palace’s interest I was excited because I really wanted to be back in the Premier League. Towards the end of last season I started hearing little inklings about a move and then gradually over the summer things progressed, and now, here I am.

“Every time I’ve played at Palace the atmosphere has been brilliant; the fans are excellent and they’re so passionate about their club. I’m really excited to be here.”

Palace are 3.10 to win at Norwich City on the opening weekend of the Premier League season and 2.75 to clinch a top-half spot in the 2015/16 campaign.

Every time I’ve played at Palace the atmosphere has been brilliant.

Alex McCarthy

Meanwhile, France international Yohan Cabaye says he is enjoying being part of the Palace squad following his transfer from Paris St Germain earlier in the summer.

Cabaye, who worked with Pardew during their time together at Newcastle United, is currently with the rest of the squad on the club’s trip to South Africa.

He said: “I’ve enjoyed my time with them, they’re good lads with good spirit, good quality and good mentalities. I’m looking forward to getting to know them better than I do at the moment.

“It’s important to have a tour like this, especially for me because I don’t know much about my team-mates. I want to get to know them and this will help. I want to do my best for them which will help me enjoy my football but also my time with them.”

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