Written by Robert Sutherland

Frank de Boer has confirmed that Jason Puncheon will continue as club captain.

Punch was handed the armband by Sam Allardyce last season and the Eagles immedieatly started winning games.

He's a local lad who loves being the skipper of the team he grew up round the corner from. He told the FYP Podcast in April: "I just always try to be me and when I cross that white line as far as I'm concerned all I want to do is achieve a win and if I can help everyone around me - and I might not have the best game myself - if I've done that and they have [played well] then I've done my job.

"It's emotional. It's a special moment for me, being at my hometown club. I've sat in those stands before, I've walked these roads when there's big games going on, so to sit there and be able to do it myself, I take great pride in in it."

Talking about Puncheon’s new role, De Boer said to Palace's official website: “He has to be an example for the team and understand the philosophy of what we want, and he can be that not just for the first-team players but also for the youngsters and that’s very important.

“At the beginning I had a look around and got to know everyone better but I had my information that he would be the best captain and he has proven that in the past three weeks. Therefore, for me there was no discussion; he is our captain.

“He knows the responsibility and what that means, and he has to be an example of what Crystal Palace is.”

Puncheon always knew he would play for Palace one day and finally returned to the team he played youth football for in August 2013, first on loan from Southampton and then in a permanent deal a few months later.

Puncheon added: “It’s a proud moment but the important thing for me is transferring what we want to be as a football club from the management and coaching staff to the players, whether they are senior players or youngsters.”

Listen to Punch on the FYP Pod here


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