Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is set to depart the club after seven and a half years at Selhurst Park.
What’s the story?
According to The Athletic, the 34-year-old shot-stopper will become a free agent this summer after falling down the pecking order in south London.
Hennessey made just a single senior appearance for Palace last season, with Jack Butland and Vicente Guaita keeping him out of the squad.
Fans will be buzzing
It’s set to be a turbulent few months for the Eagles as chairman Steve Parrish plans a mass overhaul of the first-team squad.
Over a dozen players will find themselves out of contract at the end of the month unless something drastic happens, and Hennessey will be one of them.
Following four years of stable, mid-table finishes under the tutelage of Roy Hodgson, Palace are about to enter a new phase of their history.
A large air of uncertainty is gathering over the capital club, but one guarantee is that their long-serving keeper will be representing a different side next season.
Hennessey made 132 appearances for Palace throughout his time with the club, conceding 189 goals and keeping 37 clean sheets.
Despite his longevity at Selhurst Park, the Wales international has rarely satisfied the supporters with his performances on the pitch.
His unathletic 6 ft 6 frame often appeared to hinder his agility and reaction time, making him look awkward and laboured on many occasions.
After Guaita replaced him between the sticks halfway through the 2018/19 campaign, Hennessey could find no way back into the starting XI, and his Spanish teammate soon established himself as a firm fan’s favourite.
While Hennessey undoubtedly deserves credit for his loyalty and professionalism at Palace, he had become a liability in the final few months of his time with the Eagles and the club’s supporters will be buzzing to see him and his £40,000-per-week wage packet depart the club this summer as that money can surely be better invested elsewhere.
The club needs all the resources and finances they can get in order to bring in the next generation of talent in the current transfer market, and Hennessey’s departure could free up wages to give to a new star.