Damien Delaney has signed a new one year contract with Crystal Palace. He follows Julian Speroni who signed a new deal earlier this week.
Crystal Palace will do all they can in order to secure at least one centre back this summer but in the meantime we’ve secured one of our own for another year.
Club officials have confirmed that Damien Delaney has signed a new one year deal to stay at Selhurst Park until the end of next season.
Initially it seemed that Delaney was set to be released this summer but maybe he has done enough to impress Sam Allardyce to hand him an extension. That or the lack of money available to sign more than one big name has convinced Big Sam to keep Delaney at the club.
The 35-year-old defender joined the Eagles on a free transfer from Ipswich back in 2012, less than a week after deciding to retire. He was convinced by then Palace boos Dougie Freedman to train with the club and never looked back.
Making his debut in our promotion season he has gone on to make 189 appearances for the club in that time, scoring seven times.
Despite only starting one of the last 12 games, Delaney has been a frequently used substitute by Allardyce who sees the Irishman as cover for James Tomkins and Scott Dann, both of whom have struggled for fitness this season.
Delaney isn’t the only Palace veteran to have signed a new contract as experienced goalkeeper Julian Speroni has also put pen-to-paper on a new one-year deal.
Personally, I’m happy the club has decided to keep Speroni and Delaney for another season as the latter has come in for a lot of criticism in recent weeks which I think has been unwarranted.
Delaney plays with heart and soul every time he takes to the field and while he might not be in the same class as Mamadou Sakho he is a long way from being as bad as some fans have been making out in recent weeks.