Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has paid tribute to long-serving defender Damien Delaney.

The 36-year-old has bid farewell to Selhurst Park, ending a six-year stay in south-east London after joining in August 2012.

He was not selected into Roy Hodgson’s 18-man squad for the win over relegated West Bromwich Albion but he was in attendance throughout.

Hennessey said: “He’s been fantastic. He’s been a fantastic player for this club and it’s always nice to have him in the dressing room.

“He’s good, he’s loud, and he’s got a lot of experience and he’s helped a lot of people along the way.

“It was a sad day for all of us to see it coming to an end but he’s had a fantastic career and he’s such a nice guy.”

Delaney, who made just two Premier League appearances for the Eagles in 2017/18, will see his contract expire with the club this summer.

The former Republic of Ireland international was integral to Palace’s promotion-winning season during 2012/2013 and leaves after becoming a ‘fan for life’ in his own words.

Meanwhile, Hennessey is pleased with how the club managed to overcome a disastrous seven-match losing run to finish in 11th place.

He said: “[It was a] fantastic win for us, we wanted to give a good send-off to the fans because they’ve been absolutely tremendous this season.

"Through thick and thin.

“But also, like I’ve said, we want to try and get as high up the table as possible.

“I thought we had a slow start [against West Brom] but then we finished well.”