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Hoefkens: I'm not hanging around

Hoefkens: I'm not hanging around

Carl Hoefkens has issued an ultimatum to the Stoke management that he will leave if he does not get back into the first team.

He's currently away on international duty and has told a Belgium newspaper, Het Laaste Nieuws, that he's fed up of the current situation at the Brit: 'I was soothed with weak excuses, such as that my children are keeping me from my sleep,'

'On Saturday I played the complete game but, if things do not change, I will be gone in the winter.'

Hoefkens' contract is up in the summer, so Pulis would probably consider an offer for the player in the January transfer window

Last season's 'player of the season', Hoefkens has made many friends whilst at Stoke and most fans are unhappy that such a talented defender has been allowed to languish on the subs' bench since the arrival of Andy Griffin on loan from Portsmouth.

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

Writer:Chris Baldwin
Date:Monday October 9 2006
Time: 1:42PM


from hero to forgotten ... do not blame the lad one bit for coming out with what he has ... you do not become a bad player over night !
09/10/2006 13:48:00
"...most fans are unhappy..." if this happens (i.e. if TP is still here by then - we can but hope) then i think it would be more accurate to say: 95% of fans would be "incandescent with rage". And wait for it, TP will no doubt now come out with some guff about Hoof being disloyal with such comments. If the agenda is to raise the quality of the team & squad then (= "push on" in TP speak) then why do the dirty on your best player? Unbelievable. Truly unbelievable.
09/10/2006 15:41:00
I think he is too good for the reserves to be honest. I would give him a first team run out.
09/10/2006 18:57:00
another one leaving pulis,s sinking ship
09/10/2006 20:33:00
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