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Palace grad John Bostock now in non-league

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John Bostock was as soon as thought of as one of many brightest prospects at Crystal Palace however the 30-year-old now finds himself in non-league with Notts County.

The midfielder was a product of the Eagles’ academy and featured 5 instances for Palace within the 2007/08 season when he was simply 15 years previous, which led many to imagine that he might go on to characteristic on the very prime.

Nevertheless, as an alternative of remaining with the south London facet, he would make the controversial swap to Tottenham Hotspur the next summer time, which undoubtedly performed a giant half in him by no means making it within the Premier League.

Former Palace chairman Simon Jordan was understandably pissed off when Bostock made the swap to Spurs, saying:

“Like the whole lot on this depressing recreation, it comes right down to kilos, shillings and pence. Certainly it needs to be down to what’s greatest for a 16-year-old boy and the place he’s almost definitely to play.”

Jordan wasn’t far fallacious, as in 5 years with the Lilywhites, Bostock would make simply 4 first-team appearances earlier than his launch in 2013.

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Since then, the midfielder’s profession has taken him to various international locations in Europe, along with his greatest spells arguably coming in Belgium with Oud-Heverlee Leuven and France with RC Lens, the place he hit 26 objectives and 14 assists in a mixed 106 appearances.

The previous Palace wonderkid would return to England in 2019, signing for Nottingham Forest, the place he would make simply 9 appearances within the 2019/20 marketing campaign, failing to attain however offering two assists.

Nevertheless, that wasn’t sufficient to earn him a extra everlasting contract on the Metropolis Floor as he joined Doncaster Rovers in League One, however endured an injury-disrupted spell on the Keepmoat Stadium, and left the membership after their relegation to the fourth tier final season.

Following various months and not using a membership, Bostock is now employed as soon as once more, as he signed for Nationwide League leaders Notts County earlier this week.


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He will probably be hoping so as to add a promotion to his CV with the Magpies and discover some consistency with Luke Williams’ facet however in reality, it’s a enormous disappointment that he has dropped out of the highest 4 leagues aged simply 30, as Palace followers will probably be left questioning what might have been if he had remained at Selhurst Park practically 15 years in the past.

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