Confirmed: Warnock lets midfield outcast reunite with former Palace boss

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

After being told he was free to leave the club, Crystal Palace midfielder Owen Garvan has joined Bolton Wanderers on loan.

Crystal Palace recovered from the shock departure of Tony Pulis by bringing former boss Neil Warnock back to Selhurst Park. He immediately brought in four new players; left back Ezekiel Fryers, midfielder James McArthur, winger Wilfried Zaha and striker Andrew Johnson as he looked to give his squad a boost.

Yet with the new signings, some players had to leave. Earlier this week, reports suggested that Warnock had told five players that they were free to leave the club - defenders Peter Ramage and Paddy McCarthy, midfielders Owen Garvan and Jonathan Williams and winger Jimmy Kebe.

Four of them remain on the fringes of the Palace team as they look for moves away from the club now the Football League loan window is open, but one of them has already secured a loan deal with a Championship club.

Garvan, 26, made his name with Ipswich Town after joining from Irish side Home Farm as a 16-year-old, and went on to make almost 200 appearances for the Tractor Boys in a successful spell at Portman Road.

Yet after Roy Keane became manager at the Suffolk-based side, Garvan fell out of favour and was promptly sent off to Palace, where Dougie Freedman handed him first-team football. 88 appearances have followed, but he's played just four games in the last 12 months - leading to his move away today.

Garvan has reunited with former manager Freedman at Bolton Wanderers on a three-month loan deal. The Trotters are struggling at the wrong end of the Championship table having taken just one point from their first five games, and beleaguered boss Freedman is hoping that Garvan can give his side a lift during his stay at the Reebok Stadium.

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