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Morgan Gould is still determined to earn a transfer to Europe despite failing to secure a move to English Championship side Crystal Palace.

The 28-year-old SuperSport United defender was given the bad news in a meeting with Palace boss Dougie Freedman on Wednesday after spending a week on trial in South London.

The price-tag of around R5.3 million was too much for the cash-strapped Eagles to afford after spending a similar amount as a down payment to buy his Bafana Bafana team-mate Kagisho Dikgacoi from Fulham.

“Morgan did very well but at the price they were after I just felt he wasn’t quite right for us,” manager Dougie Freedman told the Croydon Advertiser. “We’re working to a very tight budget and at that price he would have had to go straight into the team and I’m not sure he was quite ready for that.”

And despite his obvious disappointment, Gould has vowed to learn from the experience.

“We had a meeting today and he said he likes everything he has seen but they need a player who can adapt quickly to the league,” the former Jomo Cosmos defender told KickOff.com on his way to the airport.

“They are looking for someone who is experienced in playing in Europe so I have to respect that and move on now. Everything that happens to me I take it as a learning curve.”

Gould has made no secret of his desire to test himself overseas after ousting Aaron Mokoena from the Bafana set-up and he is determined not to let this latest setback stand in his way.

“I most definitely still want to play in Europe,” he said. “I’ll have to go back to South Africa and wait to hear if there are any other options. But it was a good experience that I will learn a lot from.”

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