Johnson signs, Wayne to follow

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Andy Johnson has put pen-to-paper on a new deal with Crystal Palace, while manager Iain Dowie wants Wayne Routledge to follow suit.

Johnson concurred with Palace's offer at the end of last month and has now signed a five-year deal with the newly-promoted Premiership outfit.

Routledge, another of the club's young guns, has impressed this term and Dowie is keen for the winger to follow in the footsteps of the fleet-footed striker.

"If we can get them to sign, they are key elements," said Dowie to Sky Sports.

"Andy's is done. I hope to get some positive feedback from Wayne.

"Andy Johnson is proving a handful in this division. They are the building blocks for the side."

Meanwhile, Dowie has decided to rest Johnson for the club's Carling Cup tie against Hartlepool as he does not want to risk the striker.

The former Birmingham ace picked up a late knock in the weekend's 2-1 defeat to Manchester City and will now be rested.

"He's far to important for us for me to throw him in," explained Dowie. "I'm not going to take any risks with a player like Andy.

"I won't switch the side round dramatically - there'll just be a couple of changes."