Cork-born Damien Delaney who was on a short term contract – ending January – at Championship leaders Crystal Palace has signed an extension that will keep him at Selhurst Park until the end of the 2014 season.
When Delaney joined Palace from Ipswich on August 31 , it was believed he would be heading for the United States in January but the offer from Palace has now forced a rethink.
The experienced centre-half had only joined Palace on the short contract on transfer deadline day but a string of impressive performances have seen him commit his future to the club for another season and a half.
Delaney said: “I’m delighted. Being on a short term means you’re not really sure what’s going to happen or whether you’re going to stay or not. But I couldn’t not stay, I had to sign up as soon as they offered me something. The run of form we’ve been on, the way the lads have been performing and the new manager coming in, it’s all positive. If you’re happy doing something then you should keep doing.
“(The gaffer) offered it to me on my first day to be honest with you. He came in and said I want you to stay. There’s a great bunch of lads here and the manager’s come in and put a twist on things with his enthusiasm. I’m really enjoying it and long may it continue.”
Delaney has had previous spells at Hull, Leicester and Queens Park Rangers and has been capped five times for Ireland though he did not make the Euro 2012 squad. He has been in impressive form for Palace,and scored three goals for the Eagles.