Joel Ward in talks over new Crystal Palace contract
Joel Ward is in talks over a new contract at Crystal Palace.
In an interview, the fullback claimed that he wants to play for the Eagles for ‘many more years’.
The Englishman has been a mainstay at Selhurst Park since Aaron Wan-Bissaka moved to Manchester United.
Ward is one of as many as 13 first-team players whose contract is due to expire at the end of June. However, Belgian striker Christian Benteke has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal.
Talks have been going on for a number of players with regards to new deals. To continue, Gary Cahill and Jeffery Schlupp are expected to extend their stays at Selhurst Park.
When talking about a new deal, Ward said: “I still believe there are many more years here at the club for me and hopefully that can get resolved and sorted.”
The 31-yer-old was described as ‘tough‘ by ex-Palace manager Roy Hodgson.
TBR View: Ward contract helps ease transfer window fears
The situation Palace find themselves in is pretty unique.
To have as many as 13 first-team players on the verge of leaving the club is shocking. It shows off a lack of planning from the hierarchy in south London.
News Ward is set to sign a new deal helps ease any fears over mass departures for the new manager.
Losing 13 players would’ve meant the outfit would need to dip into the transfer market. And due to the recent financial crisis, signing 13 players is nigh-on impossible.
Ward also bring a level of consistency to the team, through both performances and fitness. The Englishman has been a consistent mainstay in the side following Wan-Bissaka’s departure. No player made more interceptions per game than Ward last season.
His experience in the top division also makes him an invaluable asset for the younger members of the squad.
A new contract for Ward is brilliant news going into the new campaign. He helps allay fears over needing to sign many players this summer.
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