Crystal Palace stalwart to be handed a new contract

Putting pen to paper: Julian Speroni has impressed Tony Pulis since his arrival

Putting pen to paper: Julian Speroni has impressed Tony Pulis since his arrival

First published in Sport Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Crystal Palace stopper Julian Speroni looks set to be offered a new contract after impressing Tony Pulis.

The 34-year-old Argentinean has made 331 appearances in the Eagles goal since his arrival in 2004, and he is out of contract in the summer.

While insisting he wants to stay at Selhurst Park, Speroni is well aware of the nature of football.

"I love this club. I've been here 10 years now. But in football you never know," he said.

"We haven't spoken as of yet so I don't know what's going to happen."

However, Pulis appears to want Speroni's signature on a new contract.

He said: "Speroni, along with half a dozen of the other players, has been absolutely superb since I have come into the club.

"Of course I would like to keep him and he has been at the club how long? For 15 years?"

Meanwhile, Palace are understood to be monitoring Nicky Maynard, who is believed to be on his way out of Cardiff City on loan.

Someone going in the opposite direction could be Elliot Grandin as the French U21 international searches for regular first team action - those showing interest include Charlton Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday.


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