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Garvan arrives on loan

28 February 2014

Palace midfielder signs until end of the season

Millwall have signed Owen Garvan on an emergency loan deal from Crystal Palace until the end of the season.

The midfielder, 26, has featured 86 times for The Eagles since joining from Ipswich in 2010, but has found first team opportunities at Selhurst Park limited so far this season.

Garvan's career began as a trainee at Portman Road, where he won the FA Youth Cup, and between 2004 and 2010 the Irishman made 174 first team appearances, scoring 15 goals.

He featured regularly under Ian Holloway during his time as Palace boss last season either side a knee injury, including in last April's 0-0 draw at The Den.

"Millwall are in a bit of a difficult situation but hopefully I can help play my part in turning the results around," the Irish midfielder told millwallfc.co.uk

"As a professional player you can't beat that feeling of playing on a Saturday and picking up three points, and that's what I'm here to achieve.

"I've played at The Den with Crystal Palace so I know how big a factor our home fans can be. We've got Brighton on Saturday and it's important we start on the front foot.

"We have got seven games in March alone so they will come thick and fast. I've been playing regularly for Palace's reserves so am fully fit and keen to get going, and I'll be giving it absolutely everything I've got between now and the end of the season.

"I've spoken to a few of the lads here already and they've told me about how good the club is. Coming to a new club is always a bit of a nervous time but I'm genuinely excited about being here and want to help keep Millwall safe."

Garvan is eligible to make his debut for The Lions at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday. Read our full match preview here.

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