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Price can't wait to play

11 April 2014

New loan signing Lewis Price can’t wait to pull on the goalkeeper gloves and play some competitive football.

The 29-year-old joined us on an emergency loan deal from Crystal Palace earlier today, and is expected to go straight into the squad for tomorrow’s match with Rochdale.

Asked how the move came about, he said: “The two ‘keepers got injured during the week and I got a phone call yesterday after training and I jumped at the chance to come and play some games.

“I haven’t really played for a long time so I’m just looking forward to it really. It’s going to be nice to get out there, taste the atmosphere and play some football.



“I’m hoping that I can slot in seamlessly to the team.”

Price has had limited game-time at Selhurst Park due to the excellent form of team-mate Julian Speroni, who has been an ever-present for the Eagles this season.

His last competitive appearance came in an FA Cup Third Round replay away at Stoke City in January 2013.

“It’s been really tough [not playing], but it’s just the fact the lad we’ve got at Palace (Julian Speroni) doesn’t get injured,” continued the Welsh international.

“He’s done so well obviously with us getting promoted and playing in the Premier League he’s done well so far this season, so for me it’s been a frustrating time sitting on the sides and waiting.

“I’m just looking forward to playing.”

Price started his career at Ipswich Town, where he made 75 appearances in a four-year stay, before spells at Derby County, MK Dons (loan), Luton Town (loan) and Brentford (loan).

He penned a deal with his current club in July 2010 and kept goal in the Eagles’ famous 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in the League Cup during the 2011/12 campaign.

The custodian has been capped 12 times by Wales – the last of which was in Gary Speed’s memorial match in February 2012, which ended in a 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica.

Price has been allocated squad number 33 for his spell at One Call Stadium.

Lewis' first interview is available to view only on Stags Player.


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