Tyrick Mitchell has signed a new deal with Crystal Palace that will keep him at Selhurst Park until the summer of 2025, as the club enters a busy period of negotiations with a number of first team players.
Mitchell has become an important member of the Palace first team this season after stepping up to the plate in 2020 when Patrick van Aanholt suffered a dislocated shoulder against Manchester United during Project Restart at the end of the 2019/20 season.
The 21-year-old has shown himself to be a capable defender, dealing well against the likes of Everton’s James Rodriguez early in the season, and continuing to rotate with Van Aanholt throughout the campaign.
“I’m delighted,” Mitchell told Palace TV. “It’s a great place to be and an exciting time so I’m delighted to sign a contract.
“I can see, especially with the academy building now and academy players coming through, it’s a great time.”
The new contract for the young left-back is the second announcement in two days following the news of Jesurun Rak-Sakyi’s first professional deal with the club on Monday afternoon, and there could be more to come in the near future.
The club’s first-team contract situation is little secret at this point, with nearly half of the squad’s deals expiring this summer.
The BBC report that Joel Ward and Scott Dann have both entered negotiations over new contracts for next year.
A one-year extension for Ward would mean taking the right-back’s association with the club to a decade, earning him a testimonial at Selhurst Park.
The speculation over the future at Crystal Palace has been intense, and while new deals for an ageing back line will not be perhaps the most popular with fans, they will likely be a necessity for Palace.
The club revealed last week a significant loss due to the coronavirus pandemic as expected, and while there is a need to rebuild, funds will be limited. Replacing the number of experienced players in the squad who do have expiring deals would likely be a hugely costly endeavour.
However, new deals for the likes of Mitchell and Rak-Sakyi show that the club are putting faith in the future. Keeping the most promising young stars while expanding the academy shows the true direction the club are hoping to move, but it cannot be done without keeping experienced players in the squad.
“This shows once again how our academy can attract the very best young talent and develop them into first-team players,” chairman Steve Parish stated.
“Tyrick’s progress is an immense source of pride for our club and academy.”