Andros Townsend bids heartfelt farewell to Crystal Palace after joining Everton on free transfer
Townsend officially moved to Goodison Park for a free transfer on Tuesday, signing a two-year contract and reuniting with Rafael Benitez after leaving Palace after his contract expired.
In a message shared on Twitter, Townsend thanked Crystal Palace and the club’s supporters for what he called five “incredible years and countless memories”.
“I would like to especially thank the president for bringing me to Selhurst and giving me the opportunity to wear red and blue,” he said, pointing to Steve Parish, who signed the former English international from Newcastle in a Â£ 14million deal in 2016.
Townsend also thanked former Palace managers Sam Allardyce and Roy Hodgson for their “belief” in him.
He continued: âTo the Palace fans. The beating heart of the club. To each of you … Thank you. Thank you for all of your support, it is this support that makes the club and Selhurst Park so special.
“It’s a shame we weren’t able to say goodbye properly, but we’ll see each other soon enough and I can’t wait to get back to Selhurst when we meet again.”
Townsend, who has scored 16 goals in 185 appearances for Palace in all competitions, signed off on David Bowie’s altered words that club loyalists chanted in his honor: “There’s a star man playing on the right.”