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Crystal Palace in the EFL: Remember Paul Ifill? Here’s what he’s up to nowadays



Paul Ifill is a real blast from the past that most Crystal Palace fans could be forgiven for forgetting about in truth. 

The right winger originally made the move to SE25 during the winter of 2007 from Sheffield United and was tipped to make an impact under Neil Warnock at Selhurst Park after the former Blades boss also arrived in the capital.

However what transpired what as an underwhelming and frustrating spell in red and blue for the attacker as he largely struggled to stay fit throughout his stint at the club.

Alas Ifill would go on to play 67 games for the Eagles, racking up a respectable total of 10 goals and six assists before he moved on to sign for Wellington Phoenix on a free transfer.

It was during what was his first venture into football on the eastern hemisphere that the winger began to really hit form as he registered 13 goals and eight assists during his first season with the Nix.

Four seasons later and Ifill had racked up 33 goals and 21 assists in over 100 games for the club, representing his second best career spell after his fruitful spell with Millwall earlier in his career.

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He would then take in a brief spell with Team Wellington before taking a break from football.

However the winger was soon back in the game as he signed for Hawke’s Bay.

A short spell with the Bay came to an end after five goals scored in 20 games, with Ifill signing for Tasman United, for whom he would also experience good success with as he notched up 20 goals in 32 games.

Now aged 42, the winger plies his trade for Wairarapa United in the New Zealand Central League, with the former Palace man showing no signs of slowing down.

Alongside playing, Ifill has also established his own coaching academy and has previously held a role as head coach of the Samoa women’s national football team.

A player who failed to live up to expectations at Selhurst Park, Ifill has certainly had some journey since his exit from SE25.

Writer and Journalist for Football League World.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Crystal Palace in the EFL: Remember Paul Ifill? Here’s what he’s up to nowadays

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