Crystal Palace clinch deadline signing of Jack Butland on permanent deal

Date published: Friday 16th October 2020 9:45

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Jack Butland from Stoke City on a three-year deal.

The goalkeeper returns to the Premier League after a difficult couple of years in the Championship.

With Wayne Hennessey injured, Palace were looking for more competition for Vicente Guaita, and turned to a man Roy Hodgson knows well.

Hodgson gave Butland his international debut when he was England manager, and having not played for his country since 2018, Butland will now look to get his career back on track.

Hodgson told Palace’s website: “I’m very happy that the club has managed to acquire the signature of Jack to join us and compete for a place amongst our goalkeepers at the club. Jack is a player that I worked with for four years at England.

“His last game for me as England manager was a very unfortunate one where he broke his ankle and that cost him his place in the 2016 Euros. But I’ve always believed in Jack’s potential.

“I am aware that his last spell at Stoke hasn’t been the happiest one for him but I sincerely believe that with his qualities, coming to a new club will enable him to resurrect his career and show once again what a good goalkeeper he is.”

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Parish pleased with transfer window

Palace left it right until deadline day to seal Butland’s signing, but were finally able to confirm his arrival at 9:30pm on Friday.

It brings an end to the transfer window for the Eagles, who have also signed the likes of Eberechi Eze, Nathaniel Clyne and Michy Batshuayi.

And chairman Steve Parish thinks it has been a successful transfer market for the club.

“We have added another experienced player of high calibre to our squad in Jack,” he said. “It marks a really successful window for us, with five quality signings, adding great depth to Roy’s squad.”


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