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Stoke capture Woodgate

Stoke capture Woodgate

Stoke have completed their first signing of the summer by snapping up England defender Jonathan Woodgate on a one-year, 'pay as you play` deal.

The 31 year-old has struggled with injuries throughout his career but his ability has never been questioned and he will provide depth and experience to a defensive unit which excelled last season.

The former Real Madrid star`s transfer fees have totalled around £36 million since leaving Leeds for Newcastle in the summer of 2003 and having put pen to paper on a 'pay as you play` deal, he`ll be a risk-free addition to the Potters ranks.

Tony Pulis told Stoke`s official site: "The lad is a top class player and it's been well documented that he has had his injury troubles, but we believe that 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.'

He started his career at Leeds in 1998 and after proving himself to be one of the most promising talents in English football at the Yorkshire club, Newcastle United splashed out a hefty £9 million for his services , before spells with Spanish giants Real Madrid, Middlesbrough and Spurs followed.

Despite his injury concerns, he`s an ideal signing for the club and there has been a general feeling among supporters at every club he`s been at - when he`s on the pitch; he`s a top class footballer.

Abdoulaye Faye left for West Ham earlier in the summer and I see Woodgate as a great replacement, we already have two fantastic centre halves in Huth and Shawcross but Woodgate will be superb backup and will fancy himself getting plenty of game-time in a campaign where Stoke will have to combat the Europa league as well as the already frantic domestic season.

So, we`ve finally signed someone! Who will follow Woodgate to the Brit though?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tom Mckeon
Date:Monday July 11 2011
Time: 3:54PM


Spurs fan here.

When he's fit Woody's as good as anyone in the world in his position. It's a shame we never got to see more of him at Spurs, but when he did play his quality was always evident. I wish him the best of luck at Stoke, and if you can get/keep him fit, you've got a great player. That's a big IF though, as history shows.

Good luck for next season.
11/07/2011 18:03:00
We've got him on a play-as-you play deal, so that's banging in my books!! He is a quality lad, just needs rapping up in bubble-rap tbh. But if he doesn't play, it's no skin off our balls. When he does play, I'm sure he will pull out the stops and bring vital experience to the squad
17/07/2011 21:03:00
Woodgate acquisition is a very good one,esp as its a pay-as -u-play about james mccarthy of wigan.great player in future.
18/07/2011 11:20:00
In truth I dont think there will be too many spurs fans not wishing Woody every luck with this move, but I cant help feeling you have overestimated his chances of playing in your poll. You actually dont take into account the possibility that he will get past training or even the warm up...
19/07/2011 11:37:00
When healthy he is pure quality but that has been rare. Wish him the best of luck and hope he can stay healthy and prove how good he can be once again.
28/07/2011 17:57:00
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