Stoke defender signs new deal
Stoke City have confirmed that defender Ryan Shawcross has signed a new deal to keep him at the club.
The Sun confirmed today that Shawcross has committed himself to a five and a half year contract, keeping him tied till the summer of 2018. Manager Tony Pulis has underlined the crucial role Shawcross has to play at the Britannia Stadium:
“It’s fantastic for us as a football club. We’re really, really pleased to have him.
“He’s been the bedrock of what we’ve been trying to do over the past five or six years and we’re really pleased that he’s finally agreed.”
Shawcross started his career at Manchester United, making 22 appearances for the Under 17’s side at Old Trafford. He arrived at Stoke whilst the club played in the Championship, but has firmly established himself as the heart of the City team. His continual presence has been complemented by his role as captain. The 2012-13 season is the third year in a row in which he has held the captaincy.
Despite the many highlights, the England international will want to put aside the controversy of receiving a headbutt from Everton’s Marouane Fellani in December. The next five years will show as to whether he will progress into an international defender, having made his international debut in November 2012 against Sweden.
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