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Hennessey Signs For Palace

31 January 2014

Crystal Palace are pleased to confirm the signing of Welsh international goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey for an undisclosed fee. 

The 27-year-old becomes the Eagles’ first singing of the January transfer window after joining the club from promotion-chasing League One side Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

He signed in time to be available for Sunday's game at Arsenal. 

Hennessey, 27, who had previously spent his entire professional career at the Midlands club, has penned a three and a half year deal at Selhurst Park to provide competition for current Palace number one Julian Speroni. 

Hennessey came through the ranks as a youngster at Manchester City before joining the Wolves academy set-up in 2003, signing his first professional contract two years later.

After a successful loan spell at Stockport County – where he started his professional career with nine consecutive clean sheets – Hennessey returned to Wolves as number one for the 2007/08 season.

He helped them gain promotion to the Premier League in 2009 and played 13 top flight games the following season.

But following successive relegations into League One, Hennessey found himself loaned out to Championship side Yeovil Town at the start of the 2013/14 campaign, having played 166 games for Wolves and amassed 41 international caps – the last of which came in Wales’ 1-1 draw with Finland in November last year.

Speaking exclusively to Palace Player following his move to SE25, Hennessey said: "I'm delighted to be here, I've met some of the lads and the staff already so I'm just looking forward to getting out onto the training pitch now. We've got Arsenal on the weekend which is going to be a tough game but hopefully we can get something out of it.

"I know Danny Gabbidon well and he's been telling me what the place is all about. He said it's a fantastic club and that I should get down here so I'm over the moon it's happened.

"Going out to Yeovil was good for me as I managed to get match experience again but then that came to an end and I went back to Wolves and was sadly on the bench. Hopefully the tables will turn for me now."

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