Stoke City: Ryan Shawcross agrees new Potters deal
RYAN Shawcross is ready to devote the peak of his career to Stoke City after agreeing the longest-ever contract in the club's history.
The 25-year-old skipper, pictured below, has given the nod to a new six-year deal to extend his association with Stoke to more than a decade in total.
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And boss Tony Pulis said he couldn't be more delighted after securing the future of his "big softy".
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Shawcross, who recently won his first cap for England, said: "I am very happy here and very settled here.
"I have loved my five years here so far and I want that to continue. We have progressed incredibly from when I first came.
"The people here have looked after me really well, the fans have been brilliant with me and I want to be a part of the future."
Shawcross has played more than 200 times for Stoke since arriving at the club on loan from Manchester United in August 2007 and then making the move permanent in a £2m deal in January 2008.
His contract was due to expire in the summer of 2014.
Pulis added: "Ryan has been immense for us. I took him from Manchester United's third team and I remember him scoring on his debut at Cardiff – and he's improved ever since.
"Ryan has done brilliantly for us, but the club has also done brilliantly for him as well.
"We are more than happy to give Ryan that length of contract. He is loved to death by everyone here and he's such a big softy at times because he's such a big family man."
Shawcross almost celebrated his new deal with a first goal of the season on Saturday after heading against the crossbar during Stoke's deserved 1-0 success over Fulham.
Pulis, who watched Wednesday's visitors Newcastle lose 2-0 at Southampton yesterday, said: "I'm really disappointed we haven't won the game by more goals when you look at the chances we had.
"Then in the last seven or eight minutes we are starting to scramble and starting to get uptight because one mistake could cost us a game when we should have been out of sight."
The contest was settled by Charlie Adam's 26th-minute effort after following orders to form more of a partnership with Peter Crouch in attack.
"We have asked Charlie to follow Peter around because we think he has got real ability and we want him to do it in the final third," Pulis explained.
"For a while, he's just been Charlie playing his own game because he loves the game so much, but we are pretty disciplined and we need him around Peter. Everything we did came through Peter.
"I also thought Ryan Shotton did brilliantly in the first half when he was a real threat. Him and Geoff Cameron caused them real problems down the sides."