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Fonte staying longer

March 6 2009

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

Striker Rui Fonte has had his loan extended at Crystal Palace until the end of the season.

The 18-year-old Portuguese player was expected to stay for a month after arriving from Arsenal at the end of January.

Now Fonte is sticking around longer he will be aiming to get a regular run in Neil Warnock's side and add to his three Eagles appearances.

"Iím pleased because I am playing more regularly and not just with the Arsenal reserves," said Fonte, brother of Palace defender Jose.

"The coach [Neil Warnock] has spoken to me and he has told me that I will have opportunities. This is a rewarding experience for me in all aspects."

Palace defender Claude Davis - currently out with a hamstring injury - has seen his loan extended from Derby until the end of the campaign.

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