Jason Puncheon may well have only finished one season just under four weeks ago but was one of many on Wednesday morning checking out what the new fixture list had in store for the new season.
Like any other Palace fan he was keen to see who we had on certain dates and was delighted that we would be starting and finishing the season at Selhurst Park.
“It will be nice for us to open the season at home and of course being one of the promoted clubs it will be a big day for Huddersfield Town but we will go into the game looking to kick start our season in the right way.
“We missed that final day at home last season so that will be good for the fans and I know that when the fixtures come out they are two of the dates that we all look for so they will be pleased with how it has worked out.”
In the opening weeks of the season there are trips to Anfield, Old Trafford and the Etihad but the midfielder feels that Palace should head into these games on the front foot.
“As a team we have had some good results on the road over the last few seasons and have proved we can go to these stadiums and get the result that outside of our club is not expected. We will go into those games in a positive frame of mind and it’s so important we get off to a good start and build from there really.”
The derby games are always a group of games that fans will look down the list with anticipation and memories go back to victories against Chelsea and Arsenal last season.
In addition this season the newly promoted clubs come into the fixture schedule including the first meeting at this level with Brighton & Hove Albion.
“We picked up two great results against Chelsea & Arsenal last year and that means we will look forward to those games when they come round and I like the fact we will be playing at home on Boxing Day. Arsenal is a nice Christmas fixture for the fans in addition to the one against Liverpool over Easter, so two good holiday fixtures for us all.
“For Palace fans the Brighton fixture was obviously one that they looked for and even though we don’t play them until November everyone will be looking forward to that game and it’s exciting to have that match as a Premier League fixture and I am sure both sets of fans will be raring to go when that comes round.
"As players you wait for the day when the new fixtures come out, we are no different to the fans and the Brighton game was the first one that I looked for and it just builds up the excitement for us all.”
The squad report back to pre-season training next month and Puncheon is keen that attention is turned to learning from last season and feels consistency can show the quality within the squad .
“Reflecting on it the season was a tale of two halves, we got off to a difficult start and then picked up some results but needed a good second half of the season to get us safe.
“During that second half the results we put together galvanised us as a group and got us over the line. We had tremendous results over Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool but the end of season points total showed how vital those victories were for us all.
“We know going into this season we must start better than what we did last year and put the negatives behind us.
“That was last season though and now need to move on and belief that we are better than that as a group and be ready to have a good year and show how the squad can move the club onto the next level.”