Following the official announcement of his move from Crystal Palace to Aston Villa yesterday, former Eagles captain Mile Jedinak posted a beautiful goodbye message to the supporters he had left behind via his Instagram account.
For many of our supporters, Mile Jedinak had become a permanent part of the foundations upon which the club had been built following the stress and reevaluation that administration brought with it in the summer of 2010. Having been signed by Dougie Freedman for no fee shortly after the Scotsman took the reins on a full-time basis, Mile has lived through a multitude of ups and downs in red and blue, never once giving the impression that he desperately wanted out.
His less than stellar start to life in SE25 soon became a distant memory for many, with his physical stature and irrepressible will to win enabling him to overcome the technical flaws he often struggled with as a central midfielder in the talent-filled Premier League.
An obvious choice for captain, Mile has seen the club through two Wembley appearances, a successful play-off campaign and three consecutive seasons battling against the threat of relegation from the English top flight, passing the vast majority of the tests thrown his way with flying colours. Known for his eagerness to put his body on the line for the collective cause, Jedinak has also come up with some big goals for the club, with the penalty at Upton Park to secure our Premier League status way back in 2014 being arguably the most memorable of all.
It doesn’t seem right to think of Crystal Palace FC without Mile Jedinak at the heart of it, given the spirit and devotion he has shown for the club over the last five years but the above statement, written by the man himself, acts as a perfectly poignant end to his stay at Selhurst Park.
He will be missed.