Joel Ward extends Crystal Palace contract
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Joel Ward, a fan-favourite at Selhurst Park, has extended his stay at the club he started playing for in 2012 until the summer of 2023.

Having joined the club from Portsmouth ahead of a promotion-winning campaign in the Championship, whereby Ward made 33 appearances, only Wilfried Zaha has since gone on to play more games for the Eagles than the stalwart defender.

And since his first appearance in red and blue, the Englishman has become an integral part of Palace's Premier League consistency, often leading from the back with his undeniable leadership qualities.

The 31-year-old was among the list of experienced players who had seen their contracts expire upon the conclusion of the Roy Hodgson era, but he has since proved worthy to feature in the exciting new generation under Patrick Vieira

It has been speculated that Ward is in Vieira's plans for next season - alongside Andros Townsend, Gary Cahill and Nathaniel Clyne - who are still yet to agree on a deal.

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  • Ward relishing 'exciting period.'

When asked for his thoughts on the agreement of his new contract, Ward said: "I'm delighted."

"I think it’s great to have committed the future to the club. We know it’s an exciting time for the club in the way things are shaping up, so I think with a new manager coming in and staff as well, it’s going to be an exciting period.”

With the club adding Michael Olise to their depth and having 'agreed a deal' with Chelsea for the signature of Marc Guehi, it looks set to be a promising time for the Eagles, something which resonates further with the Chairman. 

Palace chairman, Steve Parish, said: “Joel has played such a key part in our success over the best part of a decade, and he has consistently given the club his all during that time.

“He is a model professional, and securing his services for another two years is a big step towards ensuring the squad has the healthy balance of youth and experience that we’re hoping to create.”

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