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Murray signs new Crystal Palace contract

Championship top scorer Glenn Murray has signed a new contract at Crystal Palace to extend his stay for a further two years.

The 29-year-old’s contract was due to expire in 2014 but after lengthy negotiations the striker, who has scored 30 goals this season, agreed an extension that will see him remain at the club until 2016.

“I’m delighted to get it all sorted,” he told the club’s website.

“Obviously it’s been mentioned a few months ago but now we’ve got to the end of it and signed, so yes, it’s good news.”

The striker arrived at Selhurst Park in May 2011 but could only register seven goals throughout the season as Palace battled to stay in the division.

The arrival of manager Ian Holloway revitalised the club and has seen the striker flourish alongside the promising talents of Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie, and Murray was quick to praise the change in mentality at the club.

“I’ve got some real good memories here,” he added.

“Obviously this year’s been a great year and Old Trafford in the League Cup stands out last year.

“Scoring 30 goals is something that I’m immensely proud of and the whole season has gone really well so far.

“I think we’ve been a little more attacking this year which has benefited me immensely and having Wilfried, Yannick and the guy in the pocket, and lately Aaron [Wilbraham] who’s been playing up front with me, there’s been a lot more support around me which has created more chances for me.”

Holloway was delighted at the news that his top striker had committed his future to the club and hoped that he would continue his good form for the rest of this season and beyond.

“There’s not many strikers around in my time who have got 30 in one season,” he said.

“Hopefully he can get a few more to get us up as well, so it’s great news for the club.

“What he’s done is phenomenal because with those two [Zaha and Bolasie] they beat people, you never know when the ball’s coming in and his timing of how to get there, when to get there and his reading of what they do is quite exceptional.

“It’s not just that, it’s his work rate. He leads the line and how he brings other people into the game is as good as I’ve seen to be honest.”

Fri 26 April, 2013
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