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Palace Snap Up Hangeland

1 August 2014

Brede Hangeland says he wants to play in front of the Crystal Palace supporters “as soon as possible” after completing his free transfer to the club today. 

The vastly-experienced Norwegian centre-half has penned a one-year contract at Selhurst Park and could make his Eagles debut as early as tomorrow in the pre-season friendly at Brentford. 

Speaking to minutes after putting pen to paper on his Palace deal, Hangeland said: “I’m absolutely delighted. All the things I’ve heard about this club – the manager, the players, the staff – it’s all been good things and I’ve seen that for myself this morning.

“I’m delighted to be here. I look forward to helping out and doing the best I can for this club. 

“I’m quite old school as a player, I just want to be part of a good group of players, working for a good manager, working really hard and driving something in the right direction,” he added.

“All the people I spoke to told me that’s what’s going on at Crystal Palace and I really wanted to be a part of that.

“It’s a traditional club with a big following. I thought the atmosphere here was fantastic and obviously the fans had a lot to be happy about come the end of the season.

“If we can do something similar to that this season, that would be great. I’m really looking forward to playing in front of those fans as soon as possible.”

Hangeland, 33, has made an instant return to the Barclays Premier League having departed Fulham in the summer following their relegation from the top flight. 

During his six-and-a-half years with the Cottagers he racked up more than 270 appearances for the club, which included playing the full 120 minutes of the extra time defeat to Atletico Madrid in the 2010 Europa League Final.

Before being brought to London by now-England boss Roy Hodgson in January 2008, Hangeland lifted the Norwegian Cup with his first professional club, Viking FK, before winning back-to-back Danish Superliga titles at FC Copenhagen.

The towering defender has also amassed 91 caps for four goals for Norway, whom he currently captains.

The full interview with Hangeland, who is the Eagles' third signing of the summer, will be available to watch on Palace Player later today.   

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