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Parsons' Green

17 January 2014

ARGYLE have signed defender Matt Parsons from Crystal Palace.

The long-time target of manager John Sheridan has joined on a permanent deal from the Eagles until the end of the current campaign.

He will wear the number 26 shirt - the same number that he had at Selhurst Park - and goes straight into the squad for Saturday's Sky Bet League 2 match at Spotland.

Matt was born in Catford, around five miles from Selhurst Park, the home of Crystal Palace.

He graduated through Palace's academy to earn his first professional contract with the Eagles, and made his debut at the age of 18, during the 2010-11 season, replacing Edgar Davids in the latter stages of a League Cup game that would then go to extra-time. He played two full games for Palace in the Championship that season, both at left-back, in draws against Norwich and Watford.

Parsons also spent a spell during that season at Barnet on loan, where he started eight games.

Matt was involved in six games for Palace in various competitions during the 2011-12 season, before a five-game loan period at Wycombe Wanderers in League 2 at the start of the following campaign.

Now 22 - his birthday is on Christmas Day - Matt signed a contract extension with Palace, on the same day as Jason Banton did similar, in March last year, committing him to Palace until the end of the 2013-14 season.

He was linked with a move to Argyle in the summer as Argyle sought a player in his position, but links at the time were extinguished when John Sheridan revealed that the left-back had a kidney complaint.

Now, Sheridan has got his man.

Read Matt's first exclusive interview here

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