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Potters hero signs on

By | 21st July 2010

Stoke midfielder Matthew Etherington has chosen to build on a highly impressive last season by penning a new deal with the Britannia Stadium outfit. The 28-year old has committed his future to the club for the next four years and appears to be extremely satisfied with his decision to stay with the Potters.

“It’s been a fantastic couple of years for me here, so I was more than happy to sign a new contract. It’s taken time to sort out, but these things do. I am confident that we can go on to bigger and better things and I want to play my part by improving upon what I achieved last season,” said the reigning Stoke City Player of the Year.

“The gaffer has been brilliant, there’s a great bunch of lads in the dressing room and it’s been fantastic playing in front of a packed Britannia Stadium, so there was never any doubt in my mind that I wanted to secure my future at this club,” he added.

Manager Tony Pulis has also assured the player that his decision will prove to be beneficial for both the parties

“The lad can now concentrate on what he does best and that is showing people he is a top, top player,” Pulis told theĀ Potters’ official website. In fact, Pulis went as far as insisting that Etherington will be knocking on Fabio Capello’s door very soon in order to be considered for a spot in the England manager’s revamped squad for Euro 2012 qualification.

“He is one of a number of players who must feel that opportunity knocks following England’s performance in the World Cup. Natural left wingers are like gold dust and we are fortunate to have one of the best in the Premier League who has shown that with his performances for us,” he concluded.

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