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31 August 2016

Rovers sign Palace midfielder on loan

Bristol Rovers are pleased to announce the signing of Crystal Palace midfielder Hiram Boateng, on loan, until 2nd January.

Manager Darrell Clarke said of his latest signing; “I am delighted to be able to welcome Hiram to Bristol Rovers and wish him every success whilst he is with us.

“I would like to thank the club’s owner and directors for making this signing possible and to thank Crystal Palace for allowing Hiram to move to The Memorial Stadium.

“The closing of the transfer window later today will see many clubs rushing to complete their business by 11.00pm, so I am pleased that, with everyone’s help, we have managed to make this signing well before the cut off point.

“The addition of Hiram will add competition for places within the squad and I think there will be a beneficial effect for all concerned.

“I’m sure that our supporters will welcome Hiram to The Mem and I’m certain they will be looking forward to seeing him wearing the blue and white quarters.”

Chairman Steve Hamer added; “I think we have pulled off quite a coup in signing Hiram who will undoubtedly strengthen our squad and goes a long way to helping us be a competitive force in League One this season.”

Boateng already has league experience, having spent time on loan at both Crawley and Plymouth Argyle.

A member of the Crystal Palace Academy from the age of eight, he graduated through the ranks at Selhurst Park and made his first team debut in a third round FA Cup replay against Stoke City in January 2013.

His league debut for Palace came against Swansea in February of this year by which time he had already spent time out on loan, playing once for Crawley Town back in March 2014 and 16 games for Plymouth Argyle in the first half of the 2015/16 campaign.

He played for Argyle against Rovers at Home Park last season, but his first spell with the club was cut short by injury. However he returned to Argyle for a second loan spell in March this year and appeared in a further eight league games and the League Two play off semi finals and final.

Hiram was an unused substitute for Palace last Saturday, when they drew 1-1 with AFC Bournemouth and played at Ashton Gate last night as the Palace U-21 side beat Bristol City 1-0.

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