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Kevin Doyle returns to Wolves after disappointing loan spell at Crystal Palace

The Irish striker managed just 3 Premier League appearances for the London side.

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REPUBLIC OF IRELAND striker Kevin Doyle will head back to Championship side Wolves after an unsuccessful short-term loan deal at Crystal Palace.

The 31 year-old signed a temporary contract with the Selhurst Park outfit at the start of September but barely featured as the top-flight side have struggled throughout the campaign.

He made 3 Premier League appearances for the London club and his only start came in a League Cup clash with Newcastle in late-September. Earlier this month, he scored his only goal for Palace in what was Alan Pardew’s first game in charge – the 4-0 FA Cup triumph over Dover.

A return to his parent club will be unusual for Doyle. Speaking to The Guardian’s Alan Smith, the former Cork City attacker said,

“I am more than happy to play if selected but I haven’t been in the manager’s plans, so I’m not sure what will happen. I haven’t spoken to anybody at the club about it and all I know is the date [19 January] I have to report back.”

Having been at QPR for the second half of last season, it’s been a year since I’ve been at Wolves, so I’m not sure what to expect. If another club wants to take me on loan, I would consider it if I’m not going to play at Wolves.”

Having failed to land a permanent move to QPR at the end of last term, Doyle was told by Wolves’ boss Kenny Jackett that he wasn’t in his plans.

With the club currently involved in a promotion push (they’re one point outside the play-off zone), it would appear unlikely that Jackett will want to upset the balance of his current squad too much. As a result, Doyle may find himself in limbo if no other club comes in for him before the end of the month.

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