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Rock-solid Palace add another bolder in shape of Fullham man

| 01.08.2014

Crystal Palace’s chances of securing a third season in the Premier League appear to be growing stronger with the news that former Fulham defender Brede Hangeland has joined up with the Eagles.

The captain of Norway, 33, has penned a one-year deal at Selhurst Park following eight years at Fulham and more than 270 appearances.

Although Hangeland could not prevent the Cottagers going down last season, Palace grabbing a defender of the Norweigan’s vast Premier League experience can only be seen as a good signing.

Tony Pulis managed to meld Scot Dan and Damien Delaney into a very solid partnership after taking over last season, but having a veteran of Fulham’s Europa League runners-up campaign can only be a positive addition to the defensive group.

Hangeland joins one of the tighter back lines in the country too. Only six teams managed to leak less goals than the south London outfit and if Pulis had been in charge from the start of the campaign those figures could have been even better.

The Eagles’ five home wins to nil during the season after Pulis’ appointment in November formed the backbone of their amazing survival bid.

Palace are a team that defend from the front under the former Stoke boss and after finishing 11th in 2012/13, the 4/1 about them going one better and breaking the top 10 looks a tasty bet.

This is especially the case after the Welsh manager added more firepower to the ranks with the capture of Cardiff striker Fraizer Campbell.

The former Manchester United youth scored nine times for the Bluebirds last season.

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Christian Crowther

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