Crystal Palace have announced that Scott Dann has departed the club after seven years at Selhurst Park.
Dann joined Palace from Blackburn Rovers in January 2014 and has gone on to score 17 goals in 181 appearances for the Eagles.
Speaking on his decision to leave the club, Dann said: “I want to put on record my thanks to the managers, teammates, and backroom staff I’ve worked with during these enjoyable seven years at the club.”
The 34 year-old defender went on to reflect on his experiences at Palace, as he said: “I feel like I’ve gone through everything you can as a footballer in this time, and I am proud to have served and captained Crystal Palace.”
Dann went on to “thank” Palace fans for showing “incredible” support and iterated that he will “never forget” this chapter of his playing career, which has seen him help Palace finish runners-up in 2015-16 FA Cup after finishing tenth in the Premier League the previous season.as he wishes the club well for their future.
Palace Chairman, Steve Parish paid tribute to Dann for his contribution to the club in the last seven-and-a-half seasons, commenting: “Scott has been a magnificent player and club servant since 2014, and I’d like to personally thank him for his immense contribution and his professionalism over the years.”
Paris went on to praise Dann for his leadership and confirmed that the 34 year-old leaves with “utmost respect”, adding; “Scott was a great leader on the pitch and served the club as captain during his time with us. He leaves with the utmost respect of everyone at the club – and we wish him well for the future.”
Dann begun his career at Walsall where he helped the Saddlers clinch promotion to League One in 2006-07 season, before spending two seasons at Coventry prior to a move to Birmingham City where he won 2010-11 League Cup before joining Blackburn in August 2011 before moving to Palace two-and-a-half years later.