Martin Kelly Departs Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace have announced that Martin Kelly will leave the club upon expiration of his contract in June 2022.

Kelly first joined Palace from Liverpool in August 2014 and has gone on to score one goal in 148 appearances across all competitions, with his only goal coming in a 1-0 victory at Tottenham in February 2016 en route to the eventual FA Cup runners-up position that season.

Reflecting on his time at Selhurst Park despite making just three appearances in the last two seasons, Kelly admitting that he found it “frustrating” to spend most of his time sat on the sidelines, despite being “professional” in helping his teammates of all ages on and off the pitch.

Kelly also praised Palace for taking a chance on him across the last eight seasons as he admitted that he has kept himself “as fit as possible for when the chances came,” amidst his first-team struggles.

With many highlights including the 2015-16 FA Cup run which saw Palace miss out on the title in extra-time to Manchester United, Kelly insists that each memorable moment “will be forever in the memories of me and my family, and we’ll always be part of Palace.”

Palace Chairman, Steve Parish has paid tribute to Kelly’s contribution to the club across the last eight seasons, as he commented: “Martin has shown a unique level of dedication while serving Crystal Palace.

“From his earlier seasons with us that established the club in the Premier League to his role as a senior, leading member of the squad, he has given no less than his all to this club in whatever position he was asked to play.

“We’ve had some big, important wins against some big teams with Martin in the team and he’s made a massive contribution to where we are today. He leaves with the very best wishes of everybody here.”

Palace also issued the following statement on Kelly’s departure in which they said: “Everyone at Crystal Palace would like to express their gratitude for Martin’s efforts, and wish him the very best for the future.”

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