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Bannan: Palace move best for career

Barry Bannan believes his move to Crystal Palace will boost his career.

The Scot left Aston Villa in August for Palace.

"I'd kind of stalled at Villa," Bannan told the South London Press. "I wasn't going anywhere. I needed to get out of my comfort zone.

"When I was younger I was always a player that would make things happen but then I was playing as a holding midfielder. "I'm not saying anything bad - I enjoyed working under Paul Lambert - but it was a role that didn't really suit me. I was sitting in front of the back four alongside Ashley Westwood.

"In saying that it probably got something different into my game, made me better tactically. But I couldn't really attack.

"Villa is a club that will always be in my heart. I spent eight years there.

"It petered out at the end a little bit and didn't work out the way I wanted it to. I grew up as a Celtic fan, but I'd say I support them as well."

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