CYPRUS: Pafos FC make history with Jason Puncheon transfer

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Pafos FC have signed Jason Puncheon, a veteran Premier League midfielder with the club heralding the move as a historic transfer.


The Cyprus first division club said it was "making history with the greatest transfer in Paphos football and one of the most important transfers in Cypriot football".

After six seasons at Crystal Palace and a loan spell to Huddersfield Town, the veteran midfielder was a free agent having been released earlier in the summer.

This meant Paphos FC could snap him up without paying a transfer fee.

Puncheon, 33, joins Cyprus First Division Pafos FC after spending the second half of last season at Huddersfield on loan from Premier League side Crystal Palace where he spent the previous six seasons.

Puncheon had appeared a total of 156 for Crystal Palace, scoring 15 goals. He has also played for Blackpool, Queens Park Rangers and Southampton.

Puncheon won't be the only former Premier League player competing in Cyprus next season, as he will be facing Omonia Nicosia striker Matt Derbyshire and recent Salamina recruit Jay Simpson a former Arsenal academy product.

Last season saw the English midfielder battle back from a cruciate ligament injury picked up in January 2018, reducing Puncheon to a handful of appearances at Palace.

Puncheon was loaned out to relegated Huddersfield Town, playing only six games after being pushed aside after row with manager Jan Siewert over being taken off just 20 minutes into a defeat to Newcastle.

Pafos FC will be Puncheon’s 13th team in his professional football career.

Also making a living on the island, as a head coach, is former Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers defender Henning Berg.

The Norwegian coach has taken over Omonia FC in an attempt to breathe new life into one of the island’s biggest clubs who has lost touch with winning titles over the past decade.