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Popovic: Bruce key to Crystal Palace choice

Tony Popovic admits the presence of Steve Bruce convinced him about moving to Crystal Palace.

The former Australia defender would enjoy a successful spell with the Eagles before launching his successful coaching career at the club.

He told the club's website: "The start is always difficult because you've got to adapt.

"I was having issues with my work permit, as I was really on the border of having enough games to qualify [for a work permit] so I didn't start the season and I had missed the pre-season.

"Just in that period [of being unable to play] and seeing the professionalism of the club and with Steve Bruce having been a defender who played at the very highest level with Manchester United, really enticed me to take that option when it became available."

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