De Silva deal delight
KYLE De Silva has become the latest Crystal Palace player to pledge his future to the club after signing a new three year deal.
The 18-year-old has followed in the footsteps of Jonathan Williams and Stuart O'Keefe in signing a new long-term contract to stay with the Eagles, which will run until the summer of 2015.
And Palace's assistant manager, Lennie Lawrence, said that was just what the club wanted.
"You don't want young players out of contract," he said.
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"This shows commitment from the club and the player and we are delighted to have come to an agreement with him."
De Silva, who made his Palace debut against Derby County in the FA Cup this season, went on to make seven appearances for the first team and the midfielder said he was delighted to sign a new deal.
De Silva, another product of the Crystal Palace academy, told the club's website: "This is the club I supported as a boy, so I was delighted to sign.
"I didn't really expect to make as many appearances as I did last season.
"To start against Southampton and Reading was good experience because they both got promoted.
"Now the aim is that first goal, trying to nail down a regular spot and [keep] working hard."
Lawrence added that he too felt that De Silva had a bright future with the club. He said: "He is a very promising player.
"He got his opportunity in the first team towards the end of the season and he acquitted himself well. He probably didn't expect to play the number of games that he did, so he is ahead of the game in that respect.
"But he has a great attitude, he is skilful and he has a great willingness to learn.
"We can now look forward to his development here at Crystal Palace." Lawrence added that De Silva would not be put under any pressure during his development, but admitted that he expects the youngster to be involved with the first-team squad again next season. He said: "We are just happy with his progression at the moment. We are not putting him under any pressure and I am sure he will play more next year."
De Silva's new contract will take effect from July 1.