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Puncheon And Delaney Sign New Deals

15 May 2015

Crystal Palace Football Club are pleased to announce that Jason Puncheon and Damien Delaney have signed new contracts with the club.

Winger Puncheon, who has scored five times in 37 games in all competitions this season, has put pen to paper on a new contract until June 2019 with his hometown club, while Delaney will extend his three year stay in SE25 by a further 12 months.

"Since I've come in, about halfway through the season, Jason Puncheon has been the best player," said manager Alan Pardew. "He's orchestrated our play and I've given him more responsibility than he's ever had, playing in a central role, and he's answered all those questions. He's now made himself the intelligence of the team.

"You need to keep your best technical players and at our level it's difficult to secure player's of Punch's quality. I'm really pleased about it.

"I think he's found a home here and he's grown into leadership, you must not underestimate the influence he has over the academy players."

Croydon-born Puncheon was signed by the Eagles from Southampton initially on loan in August 2013, a move that was quickly made permanent the following January. He has gone on to become an integral part of the Palace side that has secured a third straight season in the Premier League, playing 73 times and scoring 12 goals.

Delaney, 33, joined the club a year earlier in August 2012 on a free transfer, but has also made himself a regular in the first-team despite playing under a succession of managers. The Republic of Ireland international helped the club win promotion to the top-flight at the end of his first season via the play-offs and has made 116 appearances, scoring four times.

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