Thursday 25 December 2014

Palace contract talks on hold

Published 28/02/2014 | 16:47

Palace remain in trouble despite an excellent recovery under Tony Pulis
Palace remain in trouble despite an excellent recovery under Tony Pulis

Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis admits a number of the club's play-off heroes will remain in limbo over new deals as long as the Eagles' Barclays Premier League fate remains undecided.

The likes of Julian Speroni, Mile Jedinak, Damien Delaney and Jonathan Parr are all out of contract in the summer but will have to wait for Palace's top-flight fate to be sealed before new deals can be discussed.

Goalkeeper Speroni suggested earlier in the week his 10-year stint at Selhurst Park could be coming to an end but Pulis remains adamant discussions regarding the future beyond the end of the season have yet to take place.

"There are quite a few players who are out of contract," he said.

"I think the situation is that we don't know whether we're going to be a Premier League side or a Championship side at the moment, so it's difficult to start any sort of negotiations because you have to work off two different pages.

"I don't know how long it'll take to know our destiny, then the club can work towards that.

"But I do say this, Julian has been magnificent for us since I've come here. He's a top professional and he's done brilliantly on the pitch as well."

Palace sit 16th, two points ahead of the relegation places but face a trip to Swansea on Sunday knowing a third away win of the season will lift them above Garry Monk's side.

Monk is the latest man charged with carrying on the footballing ethos now engrained in the south Wales club and Pulis is a keen admirer of Swansea's achievements.

"The success of Swansea over the past 10 years has been remarkable," he said.

"I think you have to give the chairman, Huw Jenkins, credit for how he has set up and run his football club.

"They have got a brand-new stadium and brand-new training facilities and had a team that won a major cup competition last year and finished comfortably in the Premier League.

"They have some very good players, they have spent a lot of money and we expect it to be a very tough game.

"They haven't just thrown [money] into a team and forgotten about everything else - they have actually built the football club up as well.

"They have got a good format to gain success and they have done that."

Pulis will be buoyed by a clean bill of health as Glenn Murray has recovered from a slight knock suffered in last weekend's defeat to Manchester United and winger Jerome Thomas is available following a back injury.

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