BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Jason Puncheon reckons the support of Crystal Palace’s fans will stay with him “forever” after confirmation yesterday that his SE25 career was over.
The 32-year-old joined Huddersfield Town for the second half of the Premier League campaign.
Puncheon was expected to move on after dropping down the midfield pecking order in SE25.
The Croydon-born player issued a statement yesterday. He said: “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. Thank you to all of the amazing backroom staff, including the medical team for your relentless work in helping me back from injury, Danny the Kitman, Christine our club secretary and all of the fantastic kitchen staff for everything you’ve done for me during my time at Selhurst Park.
“A special thank you to the chairman Steve Parish, who has always been a huge figure of support for me throughout my time here. Steve has the very best interests of the club at heart and I thank him for everything he’s done.
“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. It’s meant everything. Thank you for always believing in me and this great club.
“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. I’ve loved every minute of my time at Palace and would like to wish everyone at the club, and our amazing fans, all of the very best for the future.”