With Mile Jedinak’s departure from Crystal Palace set to be officially confirmed today, we feel it’s only right to draw your attention to a video which shows exactly why the big Aussie is so loved by everyone of a red and blue persuasion.
For many who regularly attend Selhurst Park, Jedinak’s role has transcended that of a tough-tackling central midfielder in the years since he first joined the club under Dougie Freedman back in 2011. Quickly bumped up the pecking order to the role of club captain, his presence at the heart of many a Palace side has been a welcomed constant against a backdrop of regular turbulence and uncertainty.
Not known for his range of passing or masterful control of a football, Mile’s status as the squad’s on-field leader has been cemented time and again in recent seasons thanks to numerous dominant individual displays in the middle of the park. It may sound like a well worn cliche, but in Jedinak, the team have always had an obvious face to turn towards when their backs were against the wall.
His role as captain was never one maintained by fear or intimidation but instead by hard-earned respect for his efforts. He led by example whenever called upon, making up for what he lacked in ability with a burning desire to push both he and his teammates on whenever he took to the field. It was a quality that was highly valued by the likes of Freedman, Ian Holloway and Tony Pulis, all of whom saw the big man’s presence in their midfield as a bonus rather than a tactical hinderance.
I’m sure he’ll have much the same impact on the Villa Park faithful over the course of his time in the Midlands, indeed, it’s difficult to imagine a set of fans not taking his full-blooded displays to their heart over the course of a few months, but his efforts in a red and blue shirt will never be forgotten by those who were there to witness them.
It feels strange to think that he won’t be with the squad from this point on, but unlike many who have left in years gone by, his legacy will live on for years to come.