A SELECTION of Stoke City legends have told Andy Wilkinson he can also become a Potters icon in years to come.
The Potters star of today was on hand at the club's Clayton Wood training ground to pass on boxes of kit and equipment donated by the Stoke City Old Boys' Association to youngsters from the Potteries and District Mini League.
Terry Conroy, who hopes the kit could help find the next Wilkinson, said: "As a local lad himself, Andy will definitely become a legend here.
"The following he has on a matchday is already huge. The moment his name is announced you get 20,000 raise their voice because he is one of them."
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Wilkinson, who comes from Stone, took receipt of 50 team kits and 250 footballs to pass on to the Mini League on behalf of SCOBA after the ex-players' association raised the money to buy the equipment.
"It is great they are giving something back to local areas," said Wilkinson. "Hopefully, we can get some good players coming through who will maybe play for Stoke City in years to come.
"I was quite fortunate when I was young at Stone Dominoes because they had a good set-up, but not everybody is so lucky.
"Me and (Fenton-born) Ryan Shotton are blessed that we can now play for our local team… in the Premier League."