Alloa have pulled off a pretty promising signing, capturing Scott Banks from Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the season.

The midfielder was the centre of a transfer saga earlier this season. It was rumoured for months that Palace were in for the teenager after he had turned down a new Dundee United contract.

Banks had made four appearances for the Tangerines this term and they were desperate to keep him. Instead though, the lure of Premier League football was too much and they lost him to Palace.

He’s on a three-year deal at Selhurst Park but he’ll remain in the Scottish Championship now for the rest of the season. He’ll be linking up with Peter Grant’s Alloa side, who are currently fighting to survive in the Championship.

Palace clearly think playing senior football is the right thing for Banks’ development. It wasn’t forthcoming at Palace this season so they’ve sent the midfielder back to a league he knows well.

Crystal Palace have sent Banks back to Scotland (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Alloa’s next game is against Dundee United on Friday night and it’ll be interesting to see whether Banks makes an appearance against his former club.

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