Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham has sent the Eagles a message of gratitude after signing a contract extension at Selhurst Park.
The 26-year-old missed half of the 2016-17 season and the whole of the following campaign with a cruciate knee ligament injury, and then groin and calf problems restricted him to only eight appearances this season.
However, with just 12 months remaining on his contract, the club have moved to tie him down for an additional year with an extension taking him up to 2021.
“It meant a lot that the club backed me after such a serious injury and I hope I’ll be able to repay that faith shown in me,” he told the club’s official website.
“I’m pleased to have got everything sorted, so I can now fully focus on working my way back into the team during pre-season and the upcoming campaign.
“I hope I’ll be able to show that when fully fit I’m capable of playing a key part.”
Wickham has scored 10 goals for Palace in 42 appearances since joining from Sunderland in August 2015 in an £8million deal.
Former Palace boss Alan Pardew claimed Wickham has the qualities needed to play for England, before injuries curtailed his progress.
“I’d like to think that Connor one day could be an England player. But he needs to have a couple of good seasons,” he stated back in March 2016.
But now with a new deal in the bag, the player will hope to get his career back on track.
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