Boost for Crystal Palace as quartet extend deals at Selhurst Park

Date published: Saturday 22nd August 2020 12:24 - Jo Harrison

Roy Hodgson’s plans for the new season have been given a lift after four of his Crystal Palace side further committed their futures to the club.

The quartet of James McArthur, Jeffrey Schlupp, Martin Kelly and Stephen Henderson have all chosen to sign new contract extensions.

We revealed in a recent exclusive that McArthur was set to sign up until 2022.

The 32-year-old has become a key performer for Palace since arriving from Wigan in 2014.

McArthur has made over 200 appearances for the club, scoring 19 goals in the process.

He is already contracted until 2021 but it is understood that the Scottish international midfielder will be rewarded with an extra 12 months.

Defender Kelly has made 145 appearances for Palace since signing from Liverpool six years ago.

The versatile Schlupp has turned out 97 times for Hodgson’s men since his move from Leicester in 2017.


Back-up goalkeeper Henderson is still looking to make his debut for the club but is happy to bide his time and wait for an opportunity.

Details of the lengths of their extensions have not been disclosed.

McArthur and Kelly delighted to be staying

McArthur told the club’s website: “When I arrived here in 2014, I didn’t consider the fact that six years later I would be making my 200th appearance for the club as I did against Bournemouth last season.

“I’m delighted to be carrying on here.”

Kelly also expressed his happiness over the new deal.

Kelly said: “My family are settled in south London and I’m extremely happy at Palace, it’s a close-knit club.

“I’m proud to have played my part in us establishing eight consecutive seasons in the Premier League, and I’m looking forward to seeing what this squad can achieve this coming season.”

Crystal Palace finished 14th in the Premier League table last season although were never under the threat of relegation.

A much higher finish looked on the cards after they emerged from lockdown by beating Bournemouth to register a fourth straight win.

However, they then lost seven straight Premier League games to fall away.

Palace concluded their campaign with a 1-1 home draw against Tottenham.

McArthur and Schlupp both started that game, with Schlupp firing home in the second half to secure a point.

That was the Ghanaian’s fifth top-flight goal of the campaign.

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