July 8 2012
The pair played a major role in the Eagles' impressive rearguard that conceded just 51 league goals last season - the fifth best in the Championship.
And although McCarthy admits losing the players is a blow, the skipper believes taking Ward from Portsmouth and Martin on a season's loan from Southampton is a good bit of business.
"Anthony [Gardner] was a fantastic player for us. I enjoyed playing with him and when you lose someone like that it is disappointing," he said.
"But I spoke with Dougie and he speaks very highly of Aaron Martin, both as a player and as a person. I am looking forward to meeting him and I am sure he will do a great job for us.
"He played his part in a promotion-winning team and hopefully he can bring that to us.
"There was a lot of interest in Joel and the fact that he decided to come to Palace bodes well."
Post this story to:
Darren Ambrose was a bit of good business at 11.58am by midlandspalace
Red/Blue scarf at 11.50am by eagleman13
longest week! at 11.48am by Palace in Reading
So Zola takes a trip to Wembley ! at 11.47am by Plane
When Jedi Goes Up at 11.46am by PeatlingPalace
All images and text on this site are copyright © 1999-2012 The Holmesdale Online, unless otherwise stated.
Web Design by Guntrisoft Ltd.