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Aruna Dindane leaves Crystal Palace after failing to prove fitness


PALACE assistant boss Keith Millen has confirmed that recent signing Aruna Dindane has now left the club after failing to prove his fitness for the Championship run-in.

But he revealed the club will take their time to look at trialist Dean Parrett despite the midfielder suffering concussion in Monday's 5-5 draw at Stoke City for the U21 development team.

"Dean got injured at Stoke City this week after colliding with the goalkeeper," Millen said.

"He was concussed and he had to have his tests on his head, but he's been given the all-clear thankfully.

"Normally, it takes 14 days before he can play again after an injury like that, but he's done well in the last couple of games so we'll have to look at that.

"I think Aruna Dindane's contract with us was until we got to the play-off final at the end of the month.

"I'm not sure whether it's been cancelled, but he's not with us any more. He's finished with us now as we've got the squad we need for the final push.

"It's just a shame Stephen Dobbie can't play in our play-off games now but it's great we've got him permanently for next season."

On Tuesday, Millen and the rest of the Palace squad attended the club's end-of-season awards and the assistant said there has been a very positive reaction to the new home and away kits for next season.

And he believes the new club badge is a symbol of the strides Palace are making moving forward.

"It looks a lot more modern and up to date," said Millen.

"I thought it looked good on the new kit as well so I like it. It's got that strong feeling that the eagle has landed, if you like. It lands on the ball, so it looks good.

"The squad and management are happy with the new kit, especially with the away one as it looks different.

"I think it just shows how the club is progressing, and I've only been here six months, but you can just see they're trying to keep improving on and off the pitch.

Mile Jedinak picked up the player of the year award and Millen said despite Glenn Murray running him close after scoring more than 30 goals, he felt the Australian, who he admits he did not know too much about before he came to the club, deserved it. "Mile has been a fantastic captain of this group and great to work with day in, day out, and then Glenn scored 30 goals, which is a great achievement," he said.

"Glenn's probably got enough awards but I'm glad Mile got it because he's sort of an unsung hero.

"Before I came to Palace, I wasn't aware of Mile's talent.

"We knew of him as he played against my teams and he was a tough midfielder, but it's until you work with him and see him around the group and the respect the players have for him, he sets high standards and expects everyone else to follow.

"You want that from your captain, but people don't see what he does off the field - he's been massive for us.

"Mile has taken up that mantle from Paddy McCarthy so he probably deserves that recognition."

And Croydon-born Millen believes the 28-year-old is the best holding midfielder in the Championship, while he wouldn't look out of place in the Premier League either.

"His type of game, he's got a certain way of playing which would suit certain teams and certain systems - he's a very good controlling holding midfielder," said the assistant.

"He's the best I've seen actually of being that defensive midfielder that breaks play up. He is the best in the Championship in that position without a doubt.

"I'm sure he would love to lead the team out at Wembley if we made the play-off final. To do that, he's a very proud man and it would mean a lot to him and the players.

"You don't get this chance very often so I'm sure he and the others will give everything they've got.

"The lads are buzzing, they're fit and well and looking forward to the games."

Aruna Dindane leaves Crystal Palace after failing to prove fitness

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