THE uncompromising style that Mile Jedinak exhibits is the kind that could become symbolic for Tony Pulis' reign as manager. Tough-tackling, physical combative and yet fair while doing so, Jedinak is the midfield presence that Stoke City tried to secure last January and it's unsurprising that the midfielder's deal was agreed within a week of Pulis' arrival. Jedinak is a player that Palace fans really cherish. He featured on the Five Year Plan podcast before the second leg of our play-off with Brighton and his confidence and self-assurance inspired a belief that would have given the most negative of supporters a lift. Even now, months after the occasion, it's still worth listening to as you get a real impression of the kind of character he is. As a captain, Jedinak is exemplary in his attitude. A central figure in the team, his role isn't just as a player on the pitch but as a point of reference off it. Colleagues of his often speak fondly of his leadership qualities, while managers have also commended him for his reliability. These qualities have been backed up by the accolades which have come his way in the last season, as at both club and international level he has received Player of the Year awards. While the midfielder had a lull towards the start of the season – one which was mirrored by the majority of the squad – his recent performances have seen the Australian international return to form, which has coincided with the draw against Everton and the win at Hull City. Adjusting to Premier League football can be a tough challenge but, bar the blip, Jedinak has proven himself to be a highly capable defensive midfielder in the division. The three and a half year deal doesn't guarantee that he'll stay with the club for that entire spell, but what it will do is ensure that there's at least some resale value should Palace get relegated and should he wish to continue his career in the Premier League. His signing is a great step in the right direction for Palace and an indicator that, despite our struggles at the foot of the table, steps are being taken to improve our fortunes.
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