Belfast Telegraph

Julian Speroni and Damien Delaney pen new Crystal Palace contracts

Crystal Palace's Julian Speroni and Damien Delaney have signed new contracts to remain at Selhurst Park for a further 12 months until 2017.

The future of goalkeeper and fans favourite Speroni, 37, had been the subject of speculation during the past season after he lost his place in Alan Pardew's first XI and was at one point third choice.

He has played 388 times since joining the club in 2004, equalling John Jackson's club appearance record as a goalkeeper in all competitions on the final day of the Premier League season. As Palace's longest-serving player, it is expected he will set a new record at some point during 2016-17.

Delaney joined Palace in 2012 while Dougie Freedman was manager. The reliable central defender has remained a regular starter since making the first of 157 appearances.

Marouane Chamakh, Emmanuel Adebayor, Brede Hangeland, Adrian Mariappa, Paddy McCarthy and Chris Kettings, meanwhile, have all been released. The contracts of each had expired.

Adebayor arrived in January on a short-term contract until the end of the season, when an option was in place to extend that commitment for a further 12 months.

He had already spoken of the likelihood he would leave, having made little impact during his time at Palace, during which he scored once in 15 appearances.

Chamakh, in contrast, scored 10 goals in 66 to contribute much to them avoiding relegation in 2014 and 2015. He rarely featured during the past 12 months because of an ongoing hamstring problem.

Mariappa, Hangeland and McCarthy all leave having respectively made 49, 29 and 151 first-team appearances, while Kettings had made none.

Finally, development players Keshi Anderson, Randell Williams, Andre Coker and Luke Croll have all signed new contracts.


From Belfast Telegraph