Stoke City: Geoff Cameron relishing hard work ahead
GEOFF Cameron is ready to push himself to the limit for Stoke City, even though he started his season in January.
The United States star will be favourite to get a call up to Tony Pulis's side at Chelsea on Saturday if right-back Andy Wilkinson is banned by a Football Association disciplinary commission.
Wilkinson has been charged with violent conduct after allegedly elbowing Manchester City's Mario Balotelli last Saturday.
He faces a three-game suspension if found guilty, but Stoke have been granted an extra 24 hours to appeal before today's new 6pm deadline.
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Cameron is more used to playing in central midfield or central defence, but filled in when Wilkinson was injured at Wigan three weeks ago.
The new signing says he doesn't mind where he plays.
He's raring to go despite a hectic 2012 which began eight months ago with an international training camp and continued with Houston Dynamo in the MLS.
The 27-year-old said: "It has been busy this year, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.
"The fans here and the facilities are fantastic.
"Every game is like a warrior battle. It is intense and every second has been awesome."
The £1.6m signing was sponsors' man of the match for his debut performance in midfield against Arsenal, and then impressed both in midfield and on the right of the defence at Wigan.
He said: "It is a faster-paced game here. The counter-attack style is unreal. You go from one end to the other much quicker.
"In Houston you couldn't do that when it is 80 or 90 degrees every day.
"The game is more physical and definitely quicker here."
Cameron says he's had a warm welcome in North Staffordshire. He hasn't tried an oatcake, but could yet be convinced of their merits by Peter Crouch, who has had them delivered to Stoke's training ground.