Crystal Palace Development midfielder Luke Dreher has enjoyed a steady pathway of success since starting out with the Eagles’ Academy.
Having broken his way first into the club’s Under-18 squad and then later its Under-23s, Dreher has managed to remain a prominent talent in SE25 despite being hampered by injury throughout his career.
His focus and resolve paid off at the end of last season when he earned his full first-team debut as a substitute against AFC Bournemouth on the final day of the campaign.
That afternoon, Dreher pulled on the red and blue as he and his teammates finished the game, and indeed the season, as 5-3 victors over the Cherries.
Speaking two months later, the 20-year-old revealed that he didn’t want summer to come once he’d professionally stepped onto the Selhurst turf.
“I didn’t really want it to end [the season] after I made my debut,” he told Palace TV. “I was gutted the season ended; I just wanted to keep going. Obviously you get that taste for it so I was just itching to come back. I was doing work in pre-season to make sure I was ready. It was a good summer.”
Coming back from his six-week summer break, Dreher was thrown in at the deep end along with six of his Under-23s teammates as he joined the first team on their pre-season tour of Switzerland.
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Whilst in the Alpine nation, Dreher featured in two games and trained throughout the week with Roy Hodgson’s men.
Looking back on his time away, the midfield prospect said: “It was really good. It was a tough week of training and two good games. It’s good to be around the boys and get to know them a bit better as well off the pitch as well as on the pitch. The more time you spend around them, the better.”
You can hear more from Dreher as well as Connor Wickham following this evening’s clash with Barnet by heading to Palace TV. Do so either by clicking here or ‘Palace TV’ on your official app.