Julian Speroni isn’t letting his recent spell out of the first-team picture at Crystal Palace get him down, speaking at length about his plans for the future to the Croydon Advertiser recently.
After sustaining a wrist injury over the summer, the Argentine stopper has been forced to look on from the sidelines as first Alex McCarthy, then Wayne Hennessey have taken residence in between the sticks, leaving him out of the immediate starting XI by default.
A prolonged run out of the first-team is nothing new to Julian, who experienced a far longer stint on the bench than this during his first few years with the club; and despite a sizeable barrier in his way of late, he remains as determined as ever to reclaim his place in the Palace goal at some point in the not too distant future.
The veteran keeper has expressed some extremely positive views over the prospect of extending his current deal in SE25, with his current appearance record standing just seven behind John Jackson; the keeper with the most appearances in the club’s entire 111 year history.
There isn’t a Palace fan alive who wouldn’t want Speroni to eventually overhaul Jackson and write his name into club folklore forever more, but given the current situation in the Eagles’ goal, it may take longer than a few months for him to reach Jackson.
The above interview gives a wondeful sense of the genuine connection Julian feels for the football club, with his words concerning what we as supporters mean to him sure to make your heart swell just a little. The word legend gets thrown around constantly in modern sporting circles, but Jules is certainly a man who is worthy of the title.