Saturday 18 November 2017

Stoke City extend Stephen Ireland's contract

Stephen Ireland of Stoke City. (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)
Stephen Ireland of Stoke City. (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)

Jack O'Toole

Injured Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland has extended his contract with the Potters by signing a new six-month deal as he continues to recover from a broken leg.

Ireland missed the entirety of the 2016/17 Premier League season after breaking his leg during a Stoke training session in May 2016.

Ireland has not started a game for Stoke in the last two seasons but he's been afforded an extra six months with the club after his contract expired earlier this summer.

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said that the club offered Ireland a new contract to give the player peace of mind during his rehabilitation process, and also added that he hopes that the 30-year-old will be able to make a successful return to the pitch for Mark Hughes' side.

"Stephen has been forced to put his career on hold after suffering a very serious injury in training through no fault of his own," Scholes told the Stoke Sentinel on Saturday.

"He's working incredibly hard to get himself back to full fitness and we felt that it was only right to offer him a short-term contract to give him peace of mind while he continues with that process.

"Stephen is grateful for the support we have shown him and we look forward to hopefully seeing him pull on a Stoke City shirt again in the near future."

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