Football: Eagles swoop for winger Thomas

Premier League new-boys Crystal Palace signed former West Bromwich Albion winger Jerome Thomas on a free transfer on Wednesday.

Thomas agreed a two-year contract with Ian Holloway's side after leaving West Brom at the end of last season.

The 30-year-old, who started his career with Arsenal and also played for Charlton, QPR, Portsmouth and Leeds, has joined his new team-mates at their pre-season camp in Portugal.

Palace won promotion via the Championship play-offs after an eight year absence from the top flight and Thomas said the Eagles' new status, plus the lure of working under Holloway, persuaded him to move to Selhurst Park.

"It was a case of me being on a free and weighing up my options. I wanted to stay at the top level, which is obviously the Premier League," Thomas told Palace's official website.

"I heard of Crystal Palace's interest from January actually and once they got promoted Ollie (Holloway) gave me a call when I was away on holiday.

"We had a good talk and after that conversation there wasn't much doubt in my mind where I wanted to go."