Kevin Doyle has one last chance to reignite his career with a loan move to Crystal Palace running until January.
His employers Wolverhampton Wanderers were a Premier League side as recently as 2012 but a fall from grace sees them now playing at League One level.
With such a fall in standard there have been rumours of Doyle leaving Wolves in almost every transfer window since they were relegated from the Premier League and he is now being given a chance to prove he can still play at that standard with Crystal Palace.
Last season Doyle did manage to leave the club for a brief loan period at QPR. He made 12 appearances for the London side, scoring two goals along the way but he didn’t make enough of an impression to be kept on by Harry Redknapp.
Therefore this chance to make the step up to the Premier League looks to be Doyle’s one last hope of making it as a top flight player for the next few years. At 30 years old it is a case of a last hurrah for the Irishman in the top flight and if he fails to make an impression at Crystal Palace then it is hard to see his career getting any better than League One standard in the future.
It will not be an easy task for Doyle to get into a side that boasts new signing Frazier Campbell as well as Dwight Gayle and Marouane Chamakh.
Recently returned Wilfried Zaha is also capable of playing in an advanced role so there is no guarantee that Doyle will be getting enough game time to really make an impact at Selhurst Park and reignite a career that has seen him play at a standard below what is expected of him.
The real question for now is whether Doyle can show that he is worthy of a place in the Premier League.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.