Jason Puncheon will leave Crystal Palace when his contract expires at the end of the season.

The midfielder, 32, has scored 16 goals in 169 appearances for the Eagles since his move from Southampton in 2013.

He wore the captains armband during the 2016/17 season but opportunities for game time this season became limited and a brief loan spell at Huddersfield earlier this year ensued.

"To have had the honour of captaining the club, my club, the club I supported as a boy, will always remain with me as one of my proudest achievements,” said Puncheon.

"It’s been an honour and a privilege to have represented my hometown club and I leave with memories that will stay with me forever.

"I would like to thank everyone at Palace; in particular all of my teammates and the managers and coaches I’ve played under.

"A special thank you to the Chairman Steve Parish, who has always been a huge figure of support for me throughout my time here.

"I cannot leave without a mention to our fans.

“The love and support you’ve always shown me through thick and thin will stay with me forever.

“Thank you for always believing in me and this great club.”

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Chairman Steve Parish reciprocated Puncheon’s kind words and believed the relationship between player and club is not yet finished.

" He has been inspirational to his team-mates both on and off the pitch, and is a true leader,” said Parish.

“It's not an overstatement to say we would not be entering our seventh successive season in the top flight without him.

“I sincerely believe that this will not be the end for Punch and Palace, when his playing days come to an end. He will always be welcome at Selhurst Park.”


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The news comes days after the club revealed Julian Speroni will be leaving the club in the summer after 15 years and 405 appearances for the club.

Holding a club record of 112 clean sheets, the Argentine who arrived from Dundee has only made two appearances this season.

"Julian has devoted the best 15 years of his playing career to our club, and will go down in the record books," said Eagles chairman Steve Parish.

"But perhaps more importantly, will be remembered as a true club legend by all Palace fans and everyone at the club."

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Puncheon was part of the team that got to the 2015 FA Cup final, scoring in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Supporters of the ‘red and blue’ were quick to post their messages of gratitude to the London-born fan favourite.