Former Blackpool midfielder Elliot Grandin has joined Crystal Palace on a one-year deal following a trial spell with the Premier League club.

The 25-year-old Frenchman's move reunites him with former Tangerines boss Ian Holloway, who questioned the player's commitment during his spell at Bloomfield Road. 

Grandin was released at the end of last season, following a loan spell at Nice.

"I had a good year in the Premier League with the gaffer," he said.

"It's very nice [to be back in the Premier League] because every game is a new challenge.

"In the French league or in the Spanish league, you have six strong teams, but in the Premier League I think all the teams are very strong." 

Holloway signed Grandin for the Tangerines during the 2010-11 campaign. After their relegation, the former Marseille man missed part of the Championship season with injury before being loaned to Ligue 1 side Nice.

On his return, Holloway questioned the player's commitment and passion to the club, suggesting the former France U21 international needed to ask ‘does he really want to be here?’

Former QPR and Leicester boss Holloway left Blackpool for Crystal Palace in November 2012.

Grandin's Palace deal is subject to Premier League and FA approval, and the top flight’s newest arrivals have the option to extend the contract by a further 12 months next summer.

Grandin could make his competitive debut for Palace in their opening match of the season, against Tottenham at Selhurst Park on August 18.

 

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