Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney signs new contract
Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney admitted to being "genuinely delighted" after signing a new contract that will keep him at Selhurst Park until June 2015.
The Republic of Ireland international joined the Eagles on a free transfer in August 2012, and his contract was due to run out next summer.
But after talks became protracted as other issues at the club took priority, the 32-year-old has finally been able to put pen to paper.
Delaney told cpfc.co.uk: "It's really pleasing for me and something I've wanted to do.
“I was entering the last year of my contract here, so I've been talking to the club for quite a while.
"Obviously we've both had other things to worry about, but we managed to come to an agreement last week and I'm genuinely delighted."
Delaney made his debut just days after joining in a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Selhurst Park.
Video clip of Delaney courtesy of cpfc.co.uk
His arrival coincided with the Eagles amazing run of 14 Championships games unbeaten that would form the bed-rock of a campaign that ended in promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.
Delaney, who has featured 53 times in the centre of the Palace defence, was picked out by the plaudits for his commanding display against Watford at Wembley in May.
He added: "Since the day I first came through the door a little over 12 months ago, Dougie Freedman and Ian Holloway have been great to me and the fans have too.
“We had a lot of success last year and have had a difficult time this year, but I'm up for the challenge and it's something I want to be part of."
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