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Alexander Pens Palace Deal

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09:30 15th August 2013


Crystal Palace are pleased to announce the signing of goalkeeper Neil Alexander on a free transfer. 

The veteran stopper has penned a one-year deal at Selhurst Park to provide experienced competition to current number one Julian Speroni. 

Alexander, 35, will be best known to fans of English football for his successful spell with Cardiff City between 2001 and 2007. He also went on to play for Ipswich Town and Rangers.

It was in his native Scotland where Alexander began his career, at Stenhousemuir in 1996, before moving on to Livingston two years later. 

He enjoyed a successful three-year spell here, helping the club to the Scottish First Division title in 2001. Alexander then moved to Cardiff that summer, for a fee of £200,000, where he played alongside Danny Gabbidon and was coached by current Palace goalkeeping coach, George Wood. 

During his six years at Ninian Park, he became regular between the sticks as the Bluebirds won promotion to the Championship. By the time he departed the Welsh capital in July 2007, with more than 200 appearances under his belt, he was the longest serving member of the club’s squad. 

Alexander immediately joined fellow Championship side Ipswich Town and became their new number one, making 31 appearances in his six-month spell. That was brought to an end when Rangers came calling in January 2008 and he went on to play a vital role in the club’s UEFA Cup and Scottish Cup semi-final victories in the latter part of that season.

He went on to win three Scottish Premier League titles, three Scottish league Cups and two Scottish FA Cups in his time at Ibrox.

Despite Rangers’ demotion to the bottom tier of Scottish football, Alexander stuck with the club and continued as their number one goalkeeper, until his contract ran out at the end of June. 

After signing his one-year deal at Palace, Alexander said: “I’m absolutely delighted. To become part of a Premier League club is massive for me. I’m very much looking forward to the season – it’s going to be a very exciting season this year.

“The club done fantastic last year, they’ve got a great set of players here. I’ve worked with George Wood the goalie coach before – he’s a great coach, one of the best I’ve worked with. The chance to come back and work with him was very appealing. 

“And obviously being in the Premier League, one of the best leagues in the world was one of the main things for me. I’m really looking forward to the season ahead and I can’t wait to get started.

“Julian’s done fantastically well here. He had a great season last year, but it’s important to have good back-up, experienced back-up and I think that’s what I’ll bring to the squad.”