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Eagles co-chairman: We do extensive checks on new signings

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CRYSTAL Palace co-chairman Steve Parish says it's certainly not easy when it comes to confirming new player arrivals at the club. From the outside looking in, some supporters were left frustrated waiting for the final outcomes on the recent arrivals of Dwight Gayle and Jerome Thomas, but Parish has stressed the club go through a long process. And he acknowledges the fans want new players to come through the door, but the supremo would rather carry out thorough checks on talent instead of potentially wasting money. "These things take time," he told the Croydon Advertiser sports desk "I read some of the stuff out there asking why a transfer hasn't happened yet. "We do extensive medicals on players. When we're spending this kind of money on a player – it was the same for Dwight Gayle – we have full body scans done, they go to two or three places, they have a test at the club and they go to a sports science laboratory. "After the full body scans, they've got to be processed and then the doctors have got to look at the scans. "Then we've got to go through all the medical history, so you don't spend this kind of money without getting an MOT, like on a car. "Then there's a lot of paperwork, and even though you've negotiated a price with the player, there's always something last minute that nobody thought of, like what happens if this, what happens if that. "After that, we've got to go through the personal details and get them written up – it's a long process and it's not easy. "It takes time, and sometimes you want to get it right rather than get it right straight away. "I would rather take another 24 hours. You've got to get sanctions by the league, so it's an involved process. "We go about it the best way we can, we try and be as professional as we can, we don't talk to people about what we're doing. "If we go to players and we don't get them, we don't get them – that's when we go another route."Steve Parish was talking to the Croydon Advertiser in this week's edition.Please credit the Croydon Advertiser if you wish to you ANY of the quotes above.

Eagles co-chairman: We do extensive checks on new signings


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