Joniesta Signs On The Dotted Line Again
There has been plenty said of and about the diminutive Welshman who has worked through the Palace ranks but Jonny Williams has has put pen to paper on a new deal that keeps him at the club until 2019.
The 23 year old spent time on loan at Ipswich Town until the end of the 2016/17 season but he only made eight appearances due to a shoulder operation.
Speaking to the official club website, Williams said:
“I am delighted to be signing the new contract at a club that holds a special place in my heart having been here since the age of eight. I am looking forward to starting my 17th season at the club. With the club’s fifth season in the Premier League coming up I will be working hard through pre-season so I am ready for the challenge ahead at the start of another campaign.”
The Welsh international who impressed in the European Championships in France last summer, broke into the Palace first team in 2011 after working his way through the academy. He has made 55 full appearances for the club and had loan stints at Ipswich Town on two separate occasions, Nottingham Forest and MK Dons.
With 17 full international caps to his name, Williams has appeared for Wales at under 17, under 19 and under 21 levels after qualifying through his father who was born on Anglesey. He was handed his international debut by the late Gary Speed.
Blighted with injury since breaking through, the affectionately named ‘Joniesta’ had his best spell at Palace in the 2012/13 promotion season where he made 29 appearances in the Championship.
A similar run in the team has been hampered with regular spells on the touchline but with the news that Williams has signed this new deal, fans will hope that he stays off the treatment table and finally makes an impact at the club that we have all so desperately been wishing for.