Socceroos' Jedinak joins Crystal Palace

by AAP on Jul 12, 2011

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Socceroo midfielder Mile Jedinak has secured a switch to England after signing with Championship club Crystal Palace.

The former Central Coast Mariners' player has spent the past two seasons playing in Turkey and had been on the hunt for a new club after ending his contract with Genclerbirligi a season early.

The 26-year-old has cemented himself as a Socceroos' regular under Holger Osieck and said he is thrilled to have joined Palace on a three-year deal.

"I am delighted to be joining Crystal Palace Football Club at this stage in my career," Jedinak said on the club's website.

"I am impressed by (new coach) Dougie Freedman and what he wants to achieve at the club and I cannot wait to get started.

"Crystal Palace has a fantastic heritage and a wonderful set of fans and I am looking forward to playing in front of them at Selhurst Park.

"Playing in the UK has always been an ambition of mine and I am totally determined to make my time here an absolute success."

Jedinak will link up with former Socceroos' defender and Palace first team coach Tony Popovic at Selhurst Park.

Popovic recommended Jedinak to Freedman and the newly-appointed Palace manager said he had been tracking Jedinak for some time.

"Mile has a fantastic international pedigree and I know he will be a huge success at the club," Freedman said.

"Mile attracted attention from a number of clubs and I am so pleased that he finally chose Crystal Palace."

Palace are aiming for an improved season after only narrowly avoiding relegation to League One last campaign.

Jedinak has 25 caps for the Socceroos and was one of Australia's best in January at the Asian Cup in Qatar.