Crystal Palace have confirmed that four players have departed the club on deadline day.
Banks – an 18-year-old who only recently arrived from Dundee United – has joined Scottish Championship side Alloa Athletic on a deal until the end of the current campaign.
McGregor – an academy graduate – has teamed up with Dartford until the end of the season, while Henry has left to join Hampton & Richmond Borough.
Both Henry and McGregor will be competing in the National League South.
In Daly’s case, he has left the club on a permanent basis to join Bristol Rovers after five-and-a-half years with Crystal Palace in the youth ranks.
Aside from Daly – who will not be returning to Selhurst Park once the season is up – this news is good for McGregor, Henry and Banks who are all in need of senior football and, more importantly, game time.
Ignoring Banks – who is only 18 – McGregor is 21 and Henry is 22, which is far too old to be playing academy-level football on a weekly basis.
They need to be testing themselves against senior professionals in an environment where they will experience the trials and tribulations of the game, rather than the bubble that is development football.
Chances would’ve presumably been few and far between for the duo in their twenties, as Roy Hodgson has Vicente Guaita, Wayne Hennessey and Stephen Henderson ahead of Henry in the pecking order, while McGregor is a midfielder – a position in which Palace are well stocked in with Luka Milivojevic, James McCarthy, James McArthur, Max Meyer, Cheikhou Kouyate and Jeffrey Schlupp at Hodgson’s disposal.
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