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'Inspiration' Delap signs new Stoke deal

Rory Delap has agreed a one-year contract extension with Stoke, extending the 35-year-old long-throw specialist's stay at the Britannia Stadium to seven seasons.

The former Ireland international signed for the Potters in a £500,000 move from Sunderland, was part of the 2007-08 promotion-winning side and has gone on to play more than 200 matches for the club.

Manager Tony Pulis said: "Rory deserves this deal. It is important we look after those players who have been here since the start of this journey.

"It's not just what he does on the field, he's been an inspiration off the pitch as well. He has played close to 600 games during his career, and the vast majority of those have been in the top flight; he offers so much more than just a long throw.

"He is the ultimate professional."

Delap added: "I'm chuffed. I wasn't sure what was going to happen this summer, so to get it all sorted out now is fantastic.

"I love it here at Stoke, and to have been part of the success we have enjoyed over the past couple of years has been unbelievable.

"I still feel there is more to come, though, and hopefully I can play my part in ensuring that proves to be the case."

Irish Independent