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Jedinak Crowned Player Of The Year

7 May 2013

Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak has been crowned the club's Player of the Year for the 2012/13 season.

The Australian international beat 30-goal front man Glenn Murray to the prize by the smallest margin in the history of the award.

Only a small percentage of votes separated the two front runners for the prestigious prize, which has previously been won by the likes of Andy Johnson, Mark Bright and Jim Cannon.

But in the end, Jedinak's consistent form in the heart of the Palace midfield  was enough for him to scoop the award. 

The 28 year old was signed on a free transfer from Turkish side Antalyaspor in July 2011 and has gone on to become a key member of the squad at Sehurst Park. 

He made 35 appearances in his debut season in English football, scoring his first goal for the Eagles in the 1-0 win over Peterborough in March 2012. 

The combative midfielder has added three more goals to his Palace account this season, including a screamer against Millwall in October last year and the last-gasp winner in Saturday's narrow 3-2 victory over Peterborough. 

Jedinak said: "It's been a real tough season I can say that safely. A rollercoaster, but one that I've thoroughly enjoyed.

"To be recognised in this way is a huge honour."

Boss Ian Holloway said: "It's hard to put into words what this man brings to our club. Have I seen anyone like him in my time? No.

"I totally believe he will lead us, with the other lads, to an unbelievable end to this season.

"We are desperate to give these fans a place at Wembley and to win there."

Jedinak scooped the top gong on a night that saw Jonny Williams crowned Young Player of the Year, while Glenn Murray's strike against Middlesbrough won him the Goal of the Year award. 

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