Sunday 25 September 2016

'Poor journalism' – Irish international Jon Walters hits out at media reports regarding Stoke contract talks

Published 15/06/2015 | 16:16

Jonathan Walters, right, celebrates with Peter Crouch after scoring what turned out to be the winner
Jonathan Walters, right, celebrates with Peter Crouch after scoring what turned out to be the winner

Ireland's goal scorer against Scotland Jon Walters has hit out at "poor journalism" as speculation grows surrounding his club future.

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The Stoke City player was on the mark at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, but Martin O'Neill's side failed to claim the badly needed three points as Shaun Maloney equalised for the visitors soon after the resumption of the second half.

At club level, talks are on-going with the Potters over a new deal, but Walters believes he has been misrepresented with his quotes that appear in the Stoke Sentinel today.

"Talks are on-going over a contract, but we are not where I want to be," he is quoted as saying in the Sentinel.

Republic of Ireland's Jonathan Walters scores his side's first goal during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.
Republic of Ireland's Jonathan Walters scores his side's first goal during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

"I want to get this sorted. I am not the type who wants this sort of thing hanging over me. I have done well enough to earn that over the last few years.

"From the right wing I have scored the most Premier League goals for Stoke.

"Stats wise, I'm also the fittest. I probably have the lowest body fat, so I have a good few years left in me yet.

"I have been good enough to be in the team, but I am not near the top earner."

Walters, whose role has often switched between the flanks and through the middle in his five years at the club, scored eight Premier League goals last season to leave his current total on 34.

He responded to Twitter today to tell followers that the quotes had been taken out of context.

But Walters has now reacted to publicity surrounding the story by insisting he has been misrepresented.

"Poor journalism...Stringing together quotations and taking them out of context to fit a story good effort but well wide of the mark!," he posted on his account.

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