James McCarthy has signed from Everton on a permanent switch.
The Republic of Ireland international, who is Palace’s fifth signing this summer, brings a wealth of experience and pedigree to his new South London surroundings, having made more than 370 professional appearances in his career so far.
Born in Glasgow, McCarthy rose through the ranks of Hamilton Academical, making his debut as the youngest player to represent the club in the 21st century, aged just 15. Just three months later, he would become the youngest player in history to score for the Scottish Premiership outfit when he netted against Livingston in the Scottish Cup.
Having won the SPFA Young Player of the Year award for the 2008–09 season, McCarthy earned a move to Wigan Athletic, where he would re-join former Hamilton teammate and current Eagle James McArthur, with both players playing a key role in Wigan winning the FA Cup .
During his time with the Latics, McCarthy also made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland, having represented his grandfather’s country of birth from Under-17 to Under-21 level. To date, he has played 41 times for Ireland.
From Wigan, McCarthy then joined Everton and helped the side to earn a club Premier League record of 72 points in his first season (2013/14) with the Toffees, however a broken leg restricted his playing time during 2018.
McCarthy has made 223 Premier League appearances to date, notching 13 goals and 12 assists.
Having agreed terms with Palace, the 28-year-old is keen to get into action and said
“I can’t wait to get started. It feels like a very nice club, nice family club. The fans obviously come out in their numbers and I spoke to James [McArthur], he couldn’t speak any more highly of it. I’m delighted to be here; it’s a fresh start that I thought I needed.”
Roy Hodgson, is quite naturally delighted to have signed McCarthy adding
“I’m really pleased we’ve been able to bring James to the club because he’s a player I’ve admired for a very long time. He’s a player with a vast amount of Premier League experience, given his six and four years playing for Everton and Wigan respectively, and will be an excellent addition to our midfield.”