Crystal Palace sign 19-year-old non-league winger Randall Williams

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Crystal Palace have signed 19-year-old winger Randall Williams from the London-based non-league side Tower Hamlets.

Alan Pardew was impressed with the player during a behind-closed-doors friendly against Crawley Town and the teenager has earned a short term contract with the Eagles, with an option for Palace to extend the contract at the end of the season.

The former Tottenham prospect was delighted with the move: "I just want to better myself and to go up nine leagues is a big step."


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The manager showed a direct interest in Williams and brought him in to train with the first team so he could have a closer look.

The youngster seems to be displaying the right kind of attitude as he stated his intent.

"I like to drive at players, and I'm a quick dribbler. There's areas that I need to work on but that's why I'm here."

This isn't the first time Crystal Palace have acted quickly in snapping up players from non-league and they seem to be maintaining that philosophy.

The noble tradition has been underpinned as an important part of the club's history by Pardew in recent weeks, putting emphasis on their knack for scouting non-league talent in a December press conference.

Pardew told reporters last month: "We're not going to forget our roots. Our roots are not signing players from PSG, some of our best came from non-league.

"Ian Wright, non-league player. Andy Gray, non-league player. Alan Pardew, non-league player. He wasn't as good as the first two."

Headlines were made last year when Palace brought in exciting young forward Keshi Anderson from Barton Rovers, and the club have also been linked with a swoop for Hitchin Town's Kane Smith.

The new addition of Randall Williams should be an example for managers and scouting teams all over the country. With previous non-league players such as Charlie Austin and Jamie Vardy making names for themselves at the elite level, it should be a wake-up call for Premier League clubs to invest outside the top divisions in the future.

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