Soares seals deal

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Crystal Palace starlet Tom Soares has put pen-to-paper on his new contract.

The Eagles have been in talks for a number of weeks with the 18-year-old following interest from rival Premiership clubs - including Liverpool and Fulham.

Soares has now signed a four-year deal at Selhurst Park, pledging his future to the South London club until 2009.

"To be honest at the start of the season I didn't think I'd be in a position where I would be featuring in the first team," Soares told the club's website.

"I thought I'd probably travel with the squad a few times and get some experience with the first team but I got my head down and worked really hard in training, played well for the reserves and I got into the first team."