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Crystal Palace Match Could Have Lasting Benefits For Dundee

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Source: The Courier

Dundee boss Paul Hartley has revealed there could be a lasting legacy from last week’s Julian Speroni testimonial in the shape of promising Crystal Palace youngsters coming to Dens on loan.

The Dark Blues manager flew down to London with his squad to help honour the long-serving Eagles goalie last Tuesday night.

A large travelling support also made the journey with Speroni a hero to Dundee fans following his time at the club from 2001 to 2004.

While down south, Hartley had a long discussion with his Selhurst Park counterpart Alan Pardew and his assistant Keith Millen.

When Pardew was in charge at Newcastle, he allowed youngsters such as Paul Dummett and Conor Newton to come to Scotland on loan and there is now a possibility of a similar tie-in with Dundee.

Hartley said: “I had a good conversation with Alan Pardew when we were down there last week. We spoke about players coming in on loan, younger ones that could do us a turn. I know their assistant Keith Millen from working with him at Bristol City so I had a good chat with them both.

“Alan sent players up to Scotland before when he was at Newcastle. The lad Paul Dummett and Conor Newton did very well for St Mirren. It worked for them because they went back and had learned from the experience. So I think he’s keen for that to happen again. He likes the Scottish game, he thinks it’s a good environment for players to learn.

“I asked him about players and he was very receptive to it, so we’ll keep in touch. When the season gets closer I’ll be asking him if there’s anyone they can give us to help strengthen the areas we’re looking at. It’s a good link for us to have and hopefully something will come of it.â€

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