Stoke City Win Race For England International Signature

Britannia Stadium welcomes ex-Bernabeu and White Hart Lane star.

Stoke City have completed the free-signing of Tottenham Hotspur defender Jonathan Woodgate.

The 31-year-old has signed a one-year deal to move to the Britannia Stadium after his White Hart Lane contract expired.

The England international has struggled with injury throughout a career that has taken him from Leeds United, to Newcastle United and Real Madrid.

Woodgate made just four first-team appearances over the last two seasons at Tottenham due to a groin problem.

Speaking from the club’s pre-season training camp in Austria, manager Tony Pulis said:

“The lad is a top-class player and it’s been well documented that he has had his injury troubles, but we believe if his fitness is managed properly, he will play games for us.

“We know that other Premier League clubs were keen on signing Jonathan, so we are delighted he has chosen us.

“It’s a chance we are taking, but one we were keen to take because of the stature and quality of the player.

“We’ve effectively taken him on a pay-as-you-play deal which just shows how desperate the lad is to get his career back on the right track.”

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes added: “There is no doubt that we have acquired a player with outstanding quality and experience but he is one who has clearly struggled with injuries over the past two years.

“However, sometimes a fresh start can trigger a change of fortunes.

“Jonathan has been working very hard throughout the summer on his fitness so he is desperate to make the most of this opportunity and to play in the Premier League.”

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