SPORT — 03 September 2014
Crystal Palace's new no. 9 Kevin Doyle

Crystal Palace’s new no. 9 Kevin Doyle

Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle has joined Crystal Palace on loan. Doyle will be playing in the Premiership for the first time since Wolves’ 2012 relegation.

Doyle began his career in the League of Ireland with St Patrick’s Athletic and more notably Cork City where he was spotted, along with Shane Long by Reading. Doyle became an important player for Reading during his four years there and was even nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year, losing out to Cesc Fabregas.

From there he moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2009 where he has remained even though the club were relegated twice in succession. Last season, Doyle joined QPR on loan to play a role in their push for promotion to the Premiership.

After making his debut in 2006, Doyle has played for Republic of Ireland 57 times and scored 13 international goals. Doyle started two of Republic of Ireland’s games at Euro 2012. Also in 2012, he came to Giovanni Trapattoni’s rescue when Republic of Ireland were losing 0-1 to Kazakhstan, ranked 142nd in the world, with minutes to go. Doyle set up a Robbie Keane goal before scoring the winner himself.

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett has said that 30-year-old Doyle is not part of his plans so Doyle will be looking to make this a permanent move.

 

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