Crystal Palace a step closer to signing League One Player of the Year after his manager accepts his exit?

Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh has accepted that prized asset Bradley Dack will be moving on this summer.

It would appear that Crystal Palace may be a step closer to adding a talented Football League youngster to their ranks as Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh confirmed to Kent Online that he knows Bradley Dack will leave this summer.

Dack was rewarded earlier this month for another superb season with the Gills by being named the PFA League One Player of the Year as his young career continues to blossom.

The 22-year-old has been a first-team player at Priestfield Stadium since 2012 and enjoyed his most successful campaign to date last term, scoring 10 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions as the club's main creative force in midfield.

This season he has kicked on even further and has so far netted 15 times in 42 games, form which has seen him honoured by his peers in the end-of-season awards.

Gillingham turned down a £2 million bid from Bristol City last summer for their talented star, but Edinburgh has confirmed he is expecting to lose Dack this summer with Crystal Palace speculated to be preparing a £2.5 million offer for the midfielder.

Edinburgh told Kent Online: "He has taken the personal accolades this season and rightly so. We are not silly, we know he will move on, that is football.

"It doesn’t surprise me one bit if that is true because he is destined for bigger and better things. I am not saying that if he went to Palace he would play, but certainly his future I can see as being a Premiership player."

Dack is regarded as one of the brightest stars in the lower tier of English football, and his capture could turn out to be something of a coup for Alan Pardew's Eagles if they can secure a deal this summer.

The move would be a convenient one for the player as he would be unlikely to have to relocate, with only 35 miles or so separating Priestfield Stadium and Selhurst Park.

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