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Crystal Palace sign winger Elliot Grandin to one-year deal

PUBLISHED: 13:59 02 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:59 02 August 2013

Elliot Grandin. Picture: Barry Coombs/EMPICS Sport

Elliot Grandin. Picture: Barry Coombs/EMPICS Sport

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Crystal Palace have snapped up another free agent, Elliot Grandin, on a one-year contract.

The 25-year-old winger played under Eagles boss Ian Holloway at Blackpool during his last spell in the Premier League.

Former France under-21 international Grandin left Caen for Marseille in 2008, but after a successful campaign in which his side reached the Champions League, he fell out of favour.

He then join CSKA Sofia, in Bulgaria, before linking with Holloway in 2010. He stayed with the Tangerines until he was released from his contract earlier this year.

A 45-minute display in Palace’s pre-season fixture against Dagenham & Redbridge convinced Holloway to make Grandin his second free signing of the summer, following the arrival of Jerome Thomas.

The Eagles new boy spoke about his relationship with his new boss on the Crystal Palace website.

He said: “WE had a very good run at Blackpool. 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.

“The Premier League is very nice because every game is a new challenge. It’s like a cup final in every game.

“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.”

Crystal Palace take on Waterford United in Ireland tomorrow, before hosting Italians Lazio at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

They kick-off the Premier League season at home to Tottenham on Sunday, August 18.

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