Paddy McCarthy reckons the signing of fellow defenders Joel Ward and Aaron Martin will ensure Crystal Palace's back line remains water tight next season. "/>
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."
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