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Palace Midfield Man Out For The Rest Of The Season

Jonny Williams is facing another summer of injury rehabilitation after being told that he won’t be fit to play any football between now and the end of the current campaign.

The Palace academy graduate has had an awful time with injuries in recent years, and now, after two separate spells on loan with Ipswich Town, the midfielder will hope that a prolonged period within any great deal of physical exertion will set him up nicely for a trouble free campaign in 2015/16.

Still only 21, the diminutive midfielder has already made 68 appearances in red and blue, but thanks to the cutthroat nature of the Premier League and his slight stature, chances for him to impress have been few and far to come by for him since we won promotion to the Premier League in 2013.

Many had assumed that a permanent move to Ipswich Town may have been on the cards this summer, when seeing how highly-rated he is by Mick McCarthy and the supporters at Portman Road, but persistent injuries have seemingly cast a doubt over whether the Tractor Boys would be willing to sign Jonny on a permanent basis between now and August.

Ideally, he will stay with the club throughout the summer before taking a full part in our pre-season preparations, allowing Alan Pardew to get a feel for exactly what he can offer the side, before dazzling all before him at the start of the new Premier League campaign, but as we all know, things seldom go to plan in the world of professional football.

With rumours persisting of our possible interest in a move for Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings, Williams could well be offered to them as part of the deal, but as of yet, that remains the stuff of pure speculation on our part.

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Four Palace Academy Stars Offered Professional Contracts

Further to yesterday’s piece highlighting the fact that Ryan Inniss, Reise Allassani, Jake Gray and Jerome Binnon-Williams were set to become free agents over the summer, it has now been confirmed that they will all be offered new deals.

Whilst first-team chances may have been extremely hard to come by for any academy graduate in recent seasons, it seems as though Alan Pardew and the academy coaching staff are more than happy with the players mentioned above, giving them all hope of being involved at some stage over the next year or so.

All four have often been trumpeted as the potential “next big thing” over the course of their time with us, but thanks to the barriers that are put in place by the weekly grind for points in the Premier League, the last two seasons have proven to be something of a write-off when looking to use them as part of a match day squad.

With Jonny Williams and Wilfried Zaha having been the last two players to easily make the step up from the academy to the first-team, some will wonder how long we’ll have to wait for the next player who is viewed as too good to ignore; but with news of these new contracts, there remains a chance that one of the names mentioned above could buck the recent trend.

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