Mile Jedinak has been out of the first-team picture at Crystal Palace for much of the 2015-16 season but when speaking to Fox Sports Australia recently, the imposing midfielder reiterated his desire to stay at Selhurst Park.
Although many had assumed that Stoke’s interest over the summer would provoke the club captain to up sticks, it becomes quickly evident from his comments, that leaving SE25 is the last thing on his mind.
Speaking with real emotion, Jedinak admits that he owes Crystal Palace a great deal, after plucking him from Turkish football in 2011. It was a move which would set him on a path from relative obscurity towards captaining both the club and his country, which thankfully, Mile hasn’t been quick to forget.
Whilst Alan Pardew has thus far chosen the likes of James McArthur, Yohan Cabaye and Jason Puncheon to start in the middle ahead of Mile, his occasional cameos from the bench have shown the obvious worth he still has within the team from a tactical perspective. In truth, the man himself would probably admit that winning his place back in front of one of the aforementioned trio will be a truly tricky task.
From a supporters point of view, it’s always heartening to hear a player speak with such a degree of emotion in their voice when discussing the football club, allowing us to feel as though he understands the reason for our fanaticism in following he and his teammates from week to week. Where some simply pay lip service to the tag of “club captain” it seems as though Jedinak is happy to embrace it’s countless responsibilities.
You probably didn’t think you could have much more respect for the Aussie man mountain than you already do, but the interview attached above is almost certain to increase your sense of admiration for him as a man. He may not have been born in South London, but he feels like one of us.