Something of a stalwart at most of the clubs that he has been at during his long and established career, Damien Delaney is a player who embodied a lot of what Crystal Palace is about.
The Irishman signed for the Eagles during the summer of 2012 from Ipswich Town and would go on to turnout in red and blue for over 190 games across the space of six years as he helped the South Londoners achieve promotion to the Premier League against the odds.
A steely and resilient centre back by trade, Delaney formed a vital part of Ian Holloway’s play-off winning side and would go on to establish himself as a regular once they reached the top flight as the club continually fought off the threat of relegation.
Alas all good things come to an end and it was the summer of 2018 when the Cork born defender returned to his boyhood club following the expiry of his contract with Palace as he bid farewell to Selhurst Park for the final time.
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He would go on to play just 14 times for the Rebel Army before leaving to join Waterford, for whom he also took in 21 games in the Premier Division.
Now aged 40, Delaney called time on his long career in the summer of 2019 and is now taking a well deserved rest from playing.
A Palace legend who will long be remembered for his solid displays at the heart of the backline for several seasons, the former defender is sure to be a welcome visitor at Selhurst Park as he enjoys his retirement.