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Long list drawn up as survival plans hatched

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CRYSTAL Palace are busy identifying a "long list" of player targets ahead of their return to England's top flight, according to co-chairman Steve Parish.

The Eagles supremo says that despite manager Ian Holloway being on holiday at the moment, the Palace owners are working hard to make plans for the new season, including drawing up a list of targets.

He said: "We are making a long list and looking at what we want to do.

"Ian is on holiday at the moment, but I am talking to him every day.

"Obviously, we will need to bring in a few. We are not talking numbers, but there are a few areas we need to cover, with Wilf [Zaha] going and Glenn [Murray] out injured."

And Parish admits that Holloway will be given money to spend this summer, although he stopped short of saying how much he will have at his disposal.

He said: "It will obviously be a much bigger budget in the Premier League than we had last year, but there are other things that we need to do.

"It is different when you have a compressed timeframe, but we will do our best and we are working tirelessly to try and get things in place."

Parish said that money will need to be invested in making necessary improvements to the club's Selhurst Park ground, including creating a bigger television gantry to cater for the additional cameras required for television coverage.

However, improvements to the playing staff are also on the agenda, with Parish expressing his delight at the recent business done to tie three members of the current playing squad to longer deals.

This week, Welsh defender Danny Gabbidon followed in the footsteps of Peter Ramage and Owen Garvan in signing a contract extension since the Eagles' promotion to the top flight.

And Parish said that his signing of a one-year extension was an important one for the club.

The Eagles co-chairman added: "It is invaluable to have someone like him signing on for another season.

"There may be one or two more, but we have concentrated on the urgent ones, who were out of contract."

Wales international Gabbidon, who made 14 appearances in the league and cup for Palace after joining in September, was only signed up on a contract until the end of the season.

However, the former Cardiff City, West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers defender spoke last week of his desire to stay with Holloway's men – a wish that has now been granted.

Long list drawn up as survival plans hatched


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