Players report back from pre-season training this week

Stoke players report back for pre-season training on Wednesday 9th July. There will be four new faces – Phil Bardsley, Mama Diouf, Steve Sidwell and Dionatan Teixeira. Mark Hughes said recently he wants two more new players and it looks as though they would be ideally signed sooner rather than later, a distinct change from the transfer deadline day madness we were used to under Pulis.

Robert Huth is expected to be ready for pre-season training to and I am sure he will update Stoke fans via his Twitter account when/if he makes pre-season.

So far only Michael Kightly has left to join Burnley, although players like Ryan Shotton, Maurice Edu, Jamie Ness and Wilson Palacios look set to leave if suitable clubs can be found.

Few former players on the move as Liam Lawrence joined Shrewsbury Town on a free and signed a two year contract. Chris Iwelumo has signed for Conference Premier side Chester and Louis Moult (he never really troubled the first team whilst at the club) has joined Wrexham. Surprised Matthew Etherington hasn’t found a club as yet.

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