Report: Crystal Palace favourite Speroni set for contract extension

Julian Speroni for Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni is reportedly set to agree a new contract with the Eagles.

As reported by the Croydon Advertiser, Speroni is set to extend his contract until the end of next season, utilising the option for another year present in the deal he signed last season.

The 35-year-old is an Eagles veteran now, having signed for the club from Dundee in 2004. He was part of the squad who were relegated from the Premiership in 2005, and has been an almost ever-present since the 2007-08 season, including playing a key role in the London club’s promotion back to the top flight in 2013.

Despite his advancing age, Speroni is one of the best ‘keepers in the Premier League, and is clear first-choice for Alan Pardew, despite the presence of Wayne Hennessey in the squad.

What does this mean for Palace?

The Eagles will likely look to strengthen their squad in the summer, as they look to move up the table and start challenging for the Europa League places.

Having a goalkeeper of Speroni’s quality signed down for another season will take the pressure off Pardew to look for a new stopper, meaning he can focus upon other areas of the squad.

However, Speroni’s new deal could see the end of Hennessey’s time at Selhurst Park, with the 28-year-old Welsh international unlikely to want to sit on the substitutes bench when first-team opportunities would be available elsewhere in the Premier League and Football League.

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