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Jonny Williams Leaves Palace After 17 Years in Charlton Athletic Switch

4 January 2019

Palace academy graduate and Welsh international midfielder Jonny Williams has left Crystal Palace Football Club and joined League One side Charlton Athletic, bringing his 17 years at the south London club to a close.

The Welshman joined the Eagles aged eight, progressing through the ranks to make his full debut in August 2011 against Coventry City. He would feature regularly for the Eagles as they clinched promotion to the Premier League in 2012/13 with Williams starting the play-off final against Watford, as well as also being named the club's Young Player of the Year and winning his first full international cap that campaign.

Injuries hampered the next few seasons of William’s Palace career, and seeking full fitness and gametime he would go on loan to Ipswich Town (three times), Nottingham Forest, MK Dons and Sunderland between 2014 and 2018. During that time, Williams was selected for Wales' Euro 2016 squad where he featured four times in their astonishing run to the semi-finals.

Williams signed a new deal with Palace in the summer of 2017 to extend his lengthy association with the club, and would end up playing 70 times for the club, scoring once.

Chairman Steve Parish said: “Jonny leaves today as a hugely admired, immensely popular and well respected figure. He’s been with us since the age of 8, featuring heavily in our promotion winning season including starting in the final. He has great talent, and has always been a joy to have at the club. I know we all hope he becomes a huge success at Charlton Athletic and continues to achieve great things with his beloved Wales.”

Everyone at Crystal Palace Football Club thanks Jonny for his contribution, and wishes him all the very best of luck for his future.

Watch Jonny's farewell interview now on Palace TV on the Palace app, or click here  if viewing on desktop.

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