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Andros Townsend Has Signed A Two Year Free Transfer Deal With Everton

Everton have agreed to a two-year contract with free agent Andros Townsend.
The 30-year-old winger joins on a free transfer after his five-year stay with Crystal Palace came to an end earlier this summer when his contract with the club ended.
Townsend joins Everton for the first time since Rafael Benitez was appointed manager last month, having previously played for the Spaniard at Newcastle.
“I believe everyone is aware of Everton.”
Townsend told evertontv, “It’s a great football club, it’s highly ambitious, a club that has been trying to go back to where it belongs in Europe and beyond.”
“I’ll do everything I can to assist the club in achieving that goal.”
“Rafa has a lot of experience.”
On the training pitch, he puts in a lot of effort on the tactical side, and he doesn’t leave any stone unturned.
But, more significantly, he’s a wonderful man, a fantastic boss, and he’s always talking to you.
Townsend spent the second half of the 2015/16 season on loan at Saint James’ Park under Benitez, scoring four goals in 13 appearances despite Newcastle’s relegation from the Premier League.
His form earned him a PS13 million release clause at the end of the season, and he went on to score 16 goals in 185 appearances for Palace.
Townsend departed Crystal Palace when his contract expired at the end of last season. Before to that, he progressed through the Tottenham development system and spent time on loan before making the first team between 2013 and 2016.
Townsend thanked Crystal Palace personnel and fans on social media for their support throughout his tenure at the club.
“It’s time to say my farewell to everyone at Crystal Palace after five incredible years and numerous memories,” Townsend wrote.
“I’d like to express my gratitude to the chairman for bringing me to Selhurst Park and allowing me to wear the red and blue, to Sam (Allardyce) and Roy (Hodgson) for their faith in me, and to my teammates for the memorable times we shared on the pitch.”
“To the Palace supporters”
The club’s pulsating heart.
I’m writing to each and every one of you.
Thank you for all of your support; it is because of you that the club and Selhurst Park are so unique.
“It’s a shame we didn’t get to say our goodbyes properly, but we’ll see each other again soon enough, and I’m already looking forward to going to Selhurst Park when we meet again,” he said. Everton kick off their Premier League season against Southampton at home on the opening weekend, with their first meeting against Palace taking place at Selhurst Park in December.
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