Puncheon’s Palace departure confirmed

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Midfielder Jason Puncheon will leave Crystal Palace when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Midfielder Jason Puncheon will leave Crystal Palace when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Puncheon, a boyhood Palace fan, initially joined the Eagles on loan from Southampton in the summer of 2013 before the move was made permanent in January 2014.

The 32-year-old joined Huddersfield on loan in January but will return to Selhurst Park on Sunday to participate in the squad’s post-match lap of appreciation after the final game of the season against Bournemouth.

Puncheon managed 16 goals in 169 appearances for the Eagles and he was proud to have captained the club at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.

‘It’s been an honour and a privilege to have represented my hometown club and I leave with memories that will stay with me forever,’ he said in a statement on the club website.

He added: ‘I cannot leave without a mention to our fans.

The love and support you’ve always shown me through thick and thin will stay with me forever.

It’s meant everything.

Thank you for always believing in me and this great club.

‘To have had the honour of captaining the club, my club, the club I supported as a boy, will always remain with me as one of my proudest achievements.

I’ve loved every minute of my time at Palace and would like to wish everyone at the club, and our amazing fans, all of the very best for the future.’

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