Crystal Palace hold ‘positive’ talks with defender about his long-term situation at Selhurst Park

The latest on Crystal Palace defender’s situation

Crystal Palace have held ‘positive’ discussions with defender Jake O’Brien about his long-term future at the club.

The Eagles decided to loan the defender out again before the end of the last transfer window.

O’Brien, who spent the second-half of last term with Swindon Town, moved abroad alongside teammate Luke Plange to join Belgian side RWD Molenbeek.

‘All positive’...

It appears he still very much has a future at Selhurst Park when he returns.

He has said, as per a report by the Irish Independent:

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“There has been discussions (with Palace) about my future, it’s all positive. I think this loan will be big for me and maybe going back in January or the next pre-season and showing what is possible, and try and stake my place for that team.

“I had a lot of discussions throughout the week and to be fair Palace weren’t pushing, it was up to me to do whatever I wanted to do. We looked at the style of football and what would be the fastest way of progressing into the first-team at Palace and this was the best option. I love it out there.

“Obviously there is a language barrier but it is alright. It is easy enough out there. All the lads out there are all sound.”

This loan is all about O’Brien getting more game time under his belt and to be able to experience football in another country.

The 21-year-old has made four appearances so far in the Belgian second tier and has already found the net once from defence.

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He joined Crystal Palace last year after breaking into the first-team of local side Cork City.

The Republic of Ireland youth international is yet to make a competitive senior appearance but played 21 times for Swindon in the last campaign.

Patrick Viera took him on pre-season and O’Brien played a couple of friendly matches before heading out on loan.