Owen Garvan is making all the right noises to impress Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman, after the 23-year-old Irishman rejected the chance to join npower Championship rivals Brighton & Hove Albion, opting instead to stay and fight for his place at Selhurst Park.
The newly promoted npower League One champions had a £300,000 bid accepted for the talented midfielder, who has struggled to break into the Eagles starting line-up, but Garvan is keen to remain in south east London.
"We accepted an offer from Brighton but Owen has rejected that move," Freedman told the Croydon Advertiser. "He told me he wants to stay here, work hard and try to get in the team, so fair play to him.
"He's not a player I want to lose but we just felt, with the options we've got available, that the offer was the right one for the club."
Garvan would have moved in the opposite direction to recent Eagles addition Glenn Murray, who swapped allegiances when he decided not to sign a new deal with Gus Poyet's Seagulls.
Murray was the first of three summer signings so far, and having recently strengthened his midfield options further with the addition of Australian international Mile Jedinak, Freedman suggested competition for places in the Palace line-up would be as competitive as ever.
"I've said all along I want players who want to play for Crystal Palace and Owen is displaying that," he added. "He's been impressed by our summer signings and he wants to stay."
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