Towering Aussie defender Jay Rich-Baghuelou has led Crystal Palace's U/23 team to a gripping playoff win for promotion to the Premier League 2.
Rich-Baghuelou starred at centreback as Palace kept a cleansheet in the playoff final against Sunderland's U/23 side that finished 0-0.
The South Londoners then triumphed in a penalty shootout 5-3.
The 196 centimetre tall, 21-year-old Australian defender grew up on the Gold Coast and moved to England with non-league sides before earning a move to Palace in 2020.
His team will now play in the top division of England's Professional Development League next season, called the Premier League 2, which is for players under 23 years old.
Palace fans were adamant that the Aussie was man of the match.
You were M.O.M by a mile... Absolutely brilliant display and MUST start next season for the first team! @CEO4TAG you've just saved yourself £50M PLUS and tie Jay to a Ten year contract. 😉👍🏻— Robert Bailey (@Bunglebob66) May 26, 2021
I'd have to agree on him being the motm. But I wouldn't say by a country mile, reece hannam and ollie webber were also brilliant. Everyone played well but those 3 for me stood out— Sonny (@Sonny52056018) May 26, 2021
" Are you van dijk in disguise "— Andy Hoad (@AndyTheTwat1992) May 26, 2021