Colchester United have announced the signing of Owen Garvan from Crystal Palace.

Young creative midfielder Owen Garvan has joined Colchester United, bolstering Tony Humes’ squad just over 24 hours before the U’s host Scunthorpe United at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The twenty-seven year old signed a contract which keeps him with the U’s until January, after being released by Palace in the summer.

He appeared over eighty times for the London side and has spent his entire career in the top two flights of English football.

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As a youngster Garvan joined the Ipswich Town development side, with whom he won the FA Youth Cup. He made his full debut against Cardiff in August 2005, going on to appear 163 times and scoring 13 times.

He moved to Crystal Palace in August 2010 for £250,000. He often appeared for the first team in the 2010-11 season, but with Palace performing badly in the league, the new manager Dougie Freedman used Garvan as a bench option. On 29 May 2013 he signed a two-year contract extension with Palace but on May 22nd 2015, it was announced that Garvan would not be offered a new contract.

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He is expected to go straight into the squad for Saturday’s match against Scunthorpe United, whom the U’s will hope to get their first three points of the season against.

U’s boss Tony Humes said: “Owen will certainly add to the quality we already have in the squad.” Showing that he was clearly delighted with his latest signing. “It’s fantastic that we have been able to get him here and we’re confident that he will fit in extremely well.”

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