Former Crystal Palace midfielder Shaun Derry has made his return to the club but this time around as a Professional Development Coach with the Academy as revealed by the club's official website.
Derry is predominantly remembered for his contribution in 2004 when Palace earned promotion to the Premier League when they played against West Ham.
The 41-year-old was also part of the Eagles' squad in 2010 when he inspired them to English Championship survival and it is only fitting for him to make a return to the club as a development coach.
“It means the world to me,” Shaun Derry says on his first day back at Crystal Palace. It’s his third stint with the club, going from young midfield prospect to captain to coach with each step.
“This is a club that gave me a brilliant opportunity as a player,” he continues. “As a 24-year-old and I spent two or three years here, experienced some brilliant highs and some lows along the way. Then coming back as a 30-year-old as a different type of player and again witnessing some incredible moments.”
“I’ve come in to sit in with the Academy coaches that we’ve got here and helped that transition [for players] into hopefully the first-team,” he explains. “Try and pass on a little bit of the experience that I’ve had over recent years. The title is Professional Development Coach and it fits just fine having worked at a few clubs and tried to integrate young players into the first-team environment.
“[I’ll be working] with Richard Shaw and the coaches in and around the U23s. Working with Paddy McCarthy as well and dipping in and out of different roles and helping out really. Just trying to use a little bit of experience to try and get the boys into the first-team.
“I can tell a story to the younger players and hopefully that will be valuable for them. For me, this is a major move.”
“I think that helps to a certain degree, of course, it does. But you’ve got to be the right type of person, the right type of personality. Just because you’ve pulled on the badge as a player, it does count for something but it doesn’t count for everything. Hopefully, all four of us can prove our worth in the roles we’ve got.
“It’s brilliant to be pulling on the shirt again and having the badge next to us, it means a lot to me.”
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