Ward reveals Crystal Palace’s ‘big plans’ for the future

Joel Ward has outlined the plans Crystal Palace are looking to put in place for the future.

Palace have shown great promise since the appointment of Alan Pardew, but Ward has told the London Evening Standard that the club are dreaming of further improvement.

The highly rated defender said: “As players, we have got dreams of getting as high as we can and achieving as much as we can. We do not want to rest on what we have done and we want to continue to move forward.

“There are big plans for the future and hopefully they will come to fruition and we can become an established Premier League club.”

Admittedly, Ward’s plans of becoming an established Premier League side do not seem too far off, with the Eagles currently in 11th place with a few weeks left of this campaign.

In current form, with Pardew winning 10 of his 15 games in charge - including the last four consecutively - they should have real aspirations of moving into the top 10, and a potential eighth placed finish - with Swansea currently on 47 points.

To finish that high would be remarkable considering the poor start to the campaign Palace endured under Neil Warnock, but Ward wants to see the London side establish themselves in the division.

This would require Palace to secure consistent top half finishes, in the same way that Stoke and Swansea are now established Premier League sides, and could be very doable in the following campaign.

With Pardew in charge it appears there is a new-found stability at Selhurst Park, and it would be no surprise to see them cement their top flight status over the next few years.

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