STRIKER Darren Bent has been relegated for the third time in his career - months after refusing to join Crystal Palace because he reportedly wanted to avoid another relegation battle. Bent, 29, was heavily linked with a move to Selhurst Park in the summer transfer window. Then-boss Ian Holloway was confident of landing the striker from Aston Villa, but he decided to join Fulham at the 11th hour - reportedly suggesting he didn't fancy a relegation battle. Nine months on, and Fulham are heading for the Championship - with Bent having done little this season to help their cause - while Palace are sitting in the comfort of mid-table.
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