Crystal Palace youngster set to continue development with Port Vale

Written by Matt Woosnam

Crystal Palace centre-back Ryan Inniss looks set to return to Port Vale on loan for the forthcoming season.
Ryan Inniss

The youngster impressed on loan with Yeovil, and following a return to Palace, he made a positive impact at Vale Park.

Inniss has been offered an extension to the five year contract he signed in 2010, which expires on July 1, and although he is yet to sign it is unlikely he will turn the offer down. 

The Valiants are reportedly keen to sign the 20-year-old on a permanent basis, such was the impression he made, but chairman Norman Smurthwaite told BBC Radio Stoke he believes the Eagles will not sell for less than £600,000 - a figure beyond Port Vale's reach at this time.

In a move which almost certainly confirms the temporary transfer, Smurthwaite sent the young Eagle a tweet on Friday evening.


He said: "Evening @ryaninniss are you ready for the Burslem return and welcome"

Inniss has progressed through the youth ranks at Palace and was highly rated as a 15-year-old, when the Eagles saw off competition from Manchester City to tie him down to a professional deal. 

After two seasons of adjusting to his growth and the Under 18 side, Inniss began to find his feet once again and moved into the Under 21 side, before being loaned out to Cheltenham in September 2013 before seeing his spell cut short by injury. He then spent some time on loan with Luton Town but returned to Palace again, before being loaned out to Gillingham in February 2014.

The centre-back is known for his no nonsense defending and has been described as an old fashioned defender. 


 

Mother writes heart-warming letter to Crystal Palace thanking club for helping her autistic son

Written by Matt Woosnam

Crystal Palace is a club which strives to be inclusive and make football a fun day out for all the family, and this letter from the parent of an autistic child thanking the club for helping him to improve his social skills goes to show that the little things can make a huge difference. 

To all the team at Crystal Palace Football Club,

I wanted to write to tell you all about my son and the wonderful things being at the club has done for him this season.

As some background information, he suffers with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), he also has a severe speech and language delay with mild learning difficulties and dyslexia. Life can be tough for him as he tends not to speak or look at people he does not know well. New situations and places are also difficult for him to deal with. The one absolute passion he has in his life is football. However, getting him out of the house can be challenging.

We visited the club at the end of last season with a family member for a game and he told me he had enjoyed the game and wanted to return. As a family we tend to buy passes for places so if we should have to leave because of an “autistic meltdown” as we call them we can return at no extra cost, with this in mind I thought a season ticket might not be best for us as I had a view it would take until quite far into the season for him to feel truly settled. How wrong I was!

From the first moment I rang up, the staff in the box office were amazing and put me straight onto Pam.
Pam was wonderful, I felt she listened to my concerns and quite frankly my moaning, I did not feel rushed and she made me and my son feel valued as a customer. After the phone call I felt so positive about bringing [redacted] to the games and knew if I had any problems Pam would be at the end of the phone for us. I cannot thank you enough it is not often I look forward to going somewhere.

The beginning of the season came and he was very withdrawn which I had expected, but we did not have to leave one game. The first breakthrough came around November time when a fan who was celebrating asked [redacted] for a “High-Five” which he did with a smile, from then on I can truly say it has been amazing! He has started talking to other fans who have spoken to him. He has even started to move independently around the area of our seats. He asked if he could wait for the players to have his programme signed which I thought I would have to manage for him, again I was wrong he talked to the players, who were also incredible being patient with him and I felt they listened to him which I know he feels he does not get very often.

So we now have a young man, who regularly asks to leave the house to go and practice his Puncheon corners or his Zaha runs. I have just had a meeting with his school who have said this year he has started to speak out in class and has recently given a class presentation which is incredible. Which I think is without doubt the result of coming to Selhurst Park.

Therefore, I would like to say the biggest thank you to all of you and the work you do to help young people like my son. You have all helped him in every aspect of his daily life.


Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal chasing Crystal Palace starlet

Written by Matt Woosnam

Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are among the clubs chasing the signature of highly rated Crystal Palace youngster Kian Flanagan, FYP has learned.

 Kian Flanagan 2

The Premier League giants are able to sign the 15-year-old for a fee of just £50,000 due to his age as he is only on a scholarship contract, and FYP understands Manchester United are the first club to have offered the youngster a contract.

The teenager joined Palace from Southend United two years ago for a fee of just £37,000 under the Elite Player Performance Plan compensation system.

Impressive performances in the U16 side saw him moved up into the U18s where he again caught the eye with strong performances in the final games of the season, before he made his U21 debut for the club last week.

The Eagles are hopeful that Flanagan will snub the interest - with West Ham also keen - and sign a new deal with the club.

They will point to the successful academy system that saw Wilfried Zaha earn a big money move to Manchester United, and has also produced the likes of Victor Moses and Nathaniel Clyne in recent years, to suggest Flanagan would be better served by staying in South London than moving clubs too soon.


 

Arsenal without Ozil, Podolski & Mertesacker for Palace clash

Written by Jim Daly

Arsenal will be without World Cup winning trio Lukas Podolski, Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker for the opening day clash with Palace.

 

The Germany threesome have been given extra time to recover from the tournament in Brazil, which they won beating Argentina in the final.

Those three will only return to training on August 11th while the Gunners host Palace for the first Premier League game of the new season five days later.

It's a big boost for Tony Pulis and co as Arsene Wenger confirmed the news while on tour in the USA.

He added: "Our expectations have always been there but we have not always fulfilled them. We are very ambitious. Last season we were top of the league for 128 days, we won the FA Cup and next season we want to win more.

"The level of competition in England is high so it is hard to predict how good every team will be, but we will try to be even better.

"Our training camps are decided for commercial reasons as well. We have never been to the states and I’m happy.

"The best for football is not to travel too much, because of many reasons, for example jet lag. But we are only here for four days - it's not a training camp. We will go to Austria after this for our camp."

Palace meanwhile are hoping to have Fraizer Campbell in the ranks for the opening clash - the Cardiff striker is expected to be unveiled at SE25 in the next 24 hours.


Crystal Palace set to secure sensational return for Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha

Written by Matt Woosnam

Former Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha is set for a sensational return to the club, FYP understands.

After bringing back Neil Warnock as manager following Tony Pulis' departure, Palace look to have brought back another familiar face in the shape of the 21-year-old winger.

Zaha is set to join on loan initially from Manchester United, with Palace having the option to buy back their former winger at any time during the season.

The winger came through the ranks at Selhurst Park, making 143 appearances for the club before joining Manchester United for £10m plus add ons in Januray 2013.

Zaha was then loaned back to the Eagles and inflicted defeat on arch rivals Brighton with two goals at the AMEX Stadium in the play-off semi-final second leg, before winning the penalty in the play off final which Kevin Phillips converted to take Palace to the Premier League.

After hitting electric form in the early part of the 2012/13 season, England manager Roy Hodgson included Zaha in his squad to face Sweden in a friendly, and he replaced Raheem Sterling after 83 minutes to earn his first full international cap before appearing against Scotland in August 2013. 

Zaha's United career began well, as he impressed during the club's pre-season tour, but he struggled to find any game time in the Premier League under David Moyes who sidelined the young winger throughout his tenure.

An unsuccesful loan to Cardiff City was secured in January 2014, but new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not feel the winger did enough to warrant selection, and rumours of a bad attitude also surfaced. 

It seemed he couldn't wait to return back home but in his haste he was caught speeding in Coulsdon and received a fine and three points on his driving licence in August, but it did not seem to deter Palace from seeking his signature.

It appears that new boss Louis Van Gaal has decided Zaha is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and Palace are hoping to confirm a deal soon to bring their former talisman back to South London.


 

Crystal Palace expected to sign Fraizer Campbell from Cardiff City next week

Written by Matt Woosnam

Cardiff City striker Fraizer Campbell is expected to sign for Palace next week for just £600,000, FYP has learned.

The Eagles have met the former Sunderland man's release clause of £800,000 and have been in talks to bring him to Selhurst.

Premier League new boys Leicester City had also triggered Campbell's release clause but were put off by his high wage demands.

But Palace aren't and are thought to be close to agreeing a deal worth around £30,000-a-week.

The 26-year-old is keen to stay in the top flight after Cardiff's relegation and could be partnered up from for Palace with Marouane Chamakh, who signed a two-year contract extension at the Eagles.

Campbell would be Palace's third signing of the summer after goalkeeper Chris Kettings signed on a free transfer from Blackpool and former Arsenal youngster Morgan Ferrier arrived.

Meanwhile, Palace are also interested in Spurs attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.