Crystal Palace supporters are pleased that Joel Ward has committed his future to the club.
Crystal Palace fans are delighted that Joel Ward has signed a contract extension at Selhurst Park, after the news was announced on the club's official website.
Ward's previous deal was due to expire in the summer and concerns were starting to emerge over his future, but his commitment today shows his loyalty to Palace.
The powerful defender has put pen to paper on terms that will keep him at Selhurst Park until 2018, and he has expressed his delight at resolving any outstanding issues regarding his future.
"I'm really pleased," he said. "It's been something that has been talked about a little bit and I'm glad to now put that to the back and just concentrate with my football and I'm delighted to have signed the deal."
Southampton were said to be interested in signing Ward by the Daily Mirror, but the full-back was not distracted by the rumours.
News of his new deal has gone down well with Palace fans, with Ward becoming one of their most important players in recent times.
The 25-year-old has proved himself to be a reliable performer at Premier League level and his commitment only increases the excitement levels around Selhurst Park at the moment.
Palace have made great strides since Alan Pardew took charge and getting one of their key players tied down to a long-term deal bodes well for the future of the football club.
Here is the best reaction from Palace's fans to Ward's contract extension on social media site Twitter.
@CPFC Excellent news! An England call-up should be on the horizon for him too— Jamie Lavington (@Jamie_Lav) April 15, 2015
Hope Ward's signing sets a trend of players committing their future to Palace. Worried we might lose Dann, Bolasie, Punch otherwise. #cpfc— Elis Matthews (@elismatthews) April 15, 2015
Joel Ward is trending! So glad he has signed a new contract, can't believe he has played every minute of PL football this season! #cpfc— Katie (@katie_cpfc_xx) April 15, 2015
Joel Ward signs a new deal, massively deserved. Stand out solid player for us in the last three years #cpfc— Stuart Ions (@Stueypot) April 15, 2015
Joel Ward extending his contract at Palace for another 3 and a half years only makes this club better for the future Glad to have him. #CPFC— Austin Harmon (@austinhar17) April 15, 2015
Joel Ward signs a new 3.5 year deal with us! Great news. OnWARDs and upWARDs I say #CPFC— Lee Bowman (@LeeCPFC) April 15, 2015
Joel Ward signing a new contract is superb news. Really chuffed with that! #cpfc— Petros Hajioannou (@Pets93) April 15, 2015