Crystal Palace have announced the shock signing of former star Andy Johnson on a short-term deal until January.The 33-year-old, who scored 85 goals in 160 appearances during his first spell with the Eagles, will take on a coaching role with the academy as well as strengthening Neil Warnock’s striking options.Johnson, who was available as a free agent after leaving QPR at the end of last season, told Palace’s official website: “I am delighted to be coming back to a club that I love and have a real soft spot for. I would like to thank the gaffer and the chairman for giving me this opportunity and I am looking forward to helping this football club have continued success in the Premier League.“I have also been given an opportunity to help the youngsters in a coaching capacity, something I am really looking forward to getting involved in.”Johnson’s first spell at Selhurst Park was between 2002 and 2006 and he became a big hit, netting 85 goals in 160 games, helping the club win promotion to the Premier League in 2003/04. The following campaign he finished as the league’s highest scoring English striker and received his first international call-up under Sven Goran Eriksson, and went on to win eight caps for the Three Lions. Crystal Palace’s Andy Johnson 1
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