Kember fearing Mullins exit
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mullins, a former England Under-21 international, is the current Eagles Player of the Year after a hugely consistent campaign last term.
However, the 24-year-old only has one year left on his Palace deal, and Kember admits the club cannot realistically afford to lose him for nothing when his contract expires next summer.
"There are two or three things you have got to look at; the player's ambitions, the fact that his contract is up at the end of next year, and we don't want to give a player of his class away at the end of next year," Kember stated.
"We have to be realistic and look at that situation. If the desired bid comes in now, then I would think that we would have to let Hayden Mullins go."
Meanwhile, Kember has begun his promised cull of the first-team squad as he bids to reshape his side for next season.
As expected, Latvian goalkeeper Alexanders Kolinko and Scottish midfielder Steven Thomson have been released, but joining them are young duo, Robert Smith and Will Antwi.
The departure of Antwi comes as something of a surprise as the 20-year-old centre back had made his first-team breakthrough this campaign.
However, Kember insists it is in the youngster's best interests to move from Selhurst Park.
"I think he needs to move on and get some regular first-team football so he can show that he has the capabilities of becoming a very good player," said the Palace chief.
Smith, 19, is a midfielder and has been allowed to leave to go on trial at Third Division Leyton Orient.