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Friday 02 August 2013

Grandin reunited with Holloway at Palace

Midfielder back in the top flight after signing one-year deal with the Eagles

  • Grandin has featured for Palace during their pre-season campaign

  • Grandin is a former France Under-21 international

Crystal Palace have made their fifth signing of the summer with the capture of midfielder Elliot Grandin.

The 25-year-old has signed a one-year deal, with the option of another 12 months, after his contract with Blackpool expired earlier this year.

He is reunited with Ian Holloway, who managed him at Blackpool which included one campaign in the Barclays Premier League.

"In the Premier League I think all the teams are very strong"
Elliot Grandin

"I'm very excited," Grandin told the club's website. "I had a very good year in the Premier League with the gaffer, so I'm excited to start the new season. 

"We had a very good run [at Blackpool]. I think the team played well, but we were unlucky at the end because we went down. We had a very, very good year though, we enjoyed it and I hope it will be the same with Crystal Palace."

Grandin, who has also played for Marseille, Grenoble, CSKA Sofia, Nice and who spent three seasons at Blackpool, made 23 appearances in the top flight for the Tangerines in 2010/11, scoring one goal.

"It's like a cup final every game," he added. "You play against great players, great teams, so you have to be focused on your football and everyone has to give their best because it’s a difficult league - the best league in the world, I think.

"All the teams are very good. In the French league or in the Spanish league, you have six strong teams, but I think in the Premier League I think all the teams are very strong. Everybody can beat everybody, so it’s hard to say who will stay up, who will go down. If we work together and the team is confident, anything is possible."

Palace are back in the Premier League after an eight-year absence following their Championship Play-off Final victory over Watford in May.

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