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JONATHAN WILLIAMS
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UPDATED 04:33 2nd June 2016


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Another product of the Crystal Palace academy, the childhood Palace fan signed his first professional contract at Selhurst Park in April 2010 after progressing through the youth ranks at the club. 

He made his senior debut in the 2-1 League Cup win over Coventry City in August 2011 and went on to make 18 appearances in the 2011/12 campaign - a number that would almost certainly have been higher, had he not broken his leg in action for the Welsh under-21 side. 


Despite that injury set-back, Williams was handed a five-year contract in May 2012, and his performances during the following season more than repaid the faith shown in him by coaching staff at the club. 


He became a first choice selection in the Palace midfield, showing his class operating either from wide areas or in the hole behind the striker. His excellent form was rewarded with his first senior cap for Wales, coming on as a half time substitute in the 2-1 victory over Scotland in March 2013, and went on to establish himself in the Wales set-up.


He made his Premier League debut against Tottenham Hotspur on the opening day of the 2013/14 season, but with opportunities limited he went on loan to Ipswich Town for the latter part of the campaign and scored their Goal of the Season winner with a long-range strike against Derby County.


He then re-joined the Tractor Boys on loan in October 2014 but saw that spell blighted by injury as he made just five appearances in his second spell at Portman Road, and suffered the same fate when he returned to Ipswich on loan for a third time late in March 2015.


Further experience was gained on loan at Nottingham Forest during the first half of 2015/16, during which time he helped Wales reach Euro 2016 by featuring in their final group game against Andorra, and after returning to SE25 he soon joined MK Dons on a three month loan deal in January 2016.


The bonus of first-team football helped ensure he was a part of Wales' 23-man squad for Euro 2016 having helped them qualify for the finals in France.