New contracts for Palace pair

Crystal Palace have tied down youngsters Matt Parsons and Jason
Banton to new contracts at Selhurst Park.

The duo, both 20, have agreed terms on deals that will last
until 2014, with the option of an extra year.

A statement on the Palace website confirmed: “Matt Parsons and
Jason Banton have both signed contract extensions with the club
until the end of the 2014 season, both have the option of a year’s
extension.

“In addition, Banton has extended his loan at Plymouth Argyle
until the end of the season, although Palace have a 24-hour recall
clause.”

Defender Parsons has made 10 first-team appearances for the
Eagles, with his last outing coming in the FA Cup third-round
replay defeat at Stoke this season. He has had two loan spells away
for the club, at Barnet in 2011 and Wycombe earlier this
campaign.

Winger Banton, who has scored three goals in his five
appearances for League Two side Plymouth, made his Palace debut
against Stoke in the original third-round tie in January.

He arrived at Selhurst Park in October after failing to win a
contract with MLS side Seattle Sounders, following his release from
Birmingham in 2011.