Former Crystal Palace misfit given opportunity to resurrect his career in Spain

Jose Campaña has dropped down to the second-tier of Spanish football with Alcorcon.

Aiming to recover from two hugely disappointing seasons, Jose Campaña has opted for a step down the footballing ladder, hopeful he can resurrect his faltering career, by joining Spanish second-tier side AD Alcorcon.

Officially announcing the arrival of the 22-year-old midfielder via their official club website, Alcorcon have signed Campaña for the 2015-16 Liga Adelante season, on loan from Sampdoria.

After emerging as a hugely talented prospect through the Sevilla youth system, Campaña was tipped for great things after breaking into the first-team squad, making his debut appearances during the 2011-12, whilst also having represented Spain at all junior levels.

A fractured foot cut short his participation in the 2012-13 campaign with Sevilla, but it didn't prevent Crystal Palace swooping for Campaña in July 2013, paying €2 million (£1.4m) for his services and expecting great things, having fought off of competition from a host of La Liga clubs who were interested.

However, the move never really worked out and he only made six Premier League appearances with the Eagles, before being shipped out on loan to Bundesliga outfit FC Nürnberg in the January 2014 transfer window.

Despite seeing regular action in Germany, it didn't help his chances back at Selhurst Park, as Crystal Palace decided to cut their losses, accepting an undisclosed fee from Sampdoria last summer.

Interestingly though, Campaña was immediately loaned out to Portuguese giants FC Porto, as former Spain Under-21 manager Julen Lopetegui began his Spanish revolution. However, after just two first team appearances there during the 2014-15 season and a handful of B team outings, the player has had to look for opportunities elsewhere.

Following such a string of disappointments, upon his arrival at Alcorcon on Friday, Campaña declared: "I'm keen to get my confidence back and the enthusiasm I need."

Grateful for the opportunity to rebuild his career, he added: "Alcorcon are the team who have shown the most confidence in me, which is why I want to give everything I've got, to help the team reach as high as possible."

Alcorcon signing Campaña could prove to be a coup, if they can get him to realised the potential he demonstrated a few years back. Likewise, this is an opportunity he really needs to sink his teeth into, if he's to successfully relaunch his career.

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