Andrew: Palace exit was my fault
Calvin Andrew gave a refreshing take on his release from Crystal Palace this week – admitting he had no one to blame but himself.
The 25-year-old striker was shown the exit door by Eagles boss Dougie Freedman alongside fellow out-of-contract players Lee Hills, Nathaniel Pinney, Charlie Holness and Jake Caprice. Anthony Gardner and Nathaniel Clyne, who is expected to leave, have been offered new deals.
Andrew made just nine appearances this season and spent the end of the campaign on loan at League One club Leyton Orient and, although disappointed to leave, he admitted he probably had not done enough in the games he did get to deserve a new deal.
“It’s no one’s fault but my own,” he said.
“In football, when you do get a little chance, whether it’s five or 10 minutes, you have to do your utmost to get in the team.
“But it is difficult when you are not playing and then suddenly you are, it’s difficult to be 100 per cent at your best but you like to think you always give your all and that is all you can ask.
“Toward the latter part of me being at Palace it has been quite difficult, I have not played much and the games I was playing I was trying to find my feet and it was frustrating for both myself and the fans but I hope they know that when I played I always gave 100 per cent.”
Andrew was signed by Neil Warnock in 2008 but suffered a career-threatening knee injury a year later before returning to play a key role in Palace’s Championship survival two years ago, starting the final day relegation decider at Sheffield Wednesday.
Since then, he has seen his chances limited as first George Burley and then Dougie Freedman strengthened their attacking options but the former Luton Town youngster will always have fond memories of his time in SE25.
“Of course it is disappointing to go, I have been at Palace for four years and I have seen a lot in that time, it is practically my home,” he added.
“It has been massively eventful and I don’t think I need to tell anyone about what’s happened at Palace in the past four years, it is well documented.
“There’s been some hard times and some good ones but you have to move on to hopefully bigger and better things.
“I will go on my summer holidays and just try to relax.
“It is quite difficult at the minute and you could end up anywhere in the world playing football.
“Hopefully, I will speak to some clubs by the end of the summer and have a few options.”
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