Stoke midfielder Rory Delap has signed a twelve month extension to his current contract, keeping him at the Potter’s until 2013.
The former Republic of Ireland international who has been famed for his long throws whose contract was to run out at the end of the current season is delighted to have secured a new deal. “I’m chuffed to be honest, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen this summer, so to get it all sorted out now, with the rest of the season to come, is fantastic for me.
“I’ve made no secret about the fact that 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” continued the thirty five year old.
“I still feel there is more to come though, and hopefully I can play my part in ensuring that proves to be the case”
Delap forced his way into manager Tony Pulis’ team after an impressive loan spell from Sunderland. He made the move to the Britanna stadium permanent move to the in January 2007 and has become a key player for Stoke ever since.
Pulis was equally delighted to have Delap extend his stay for another year. “Rory deserves this deal, it is important we look after those players who have been here since the start of this journey” he told the club’s official website.
“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 playing career, and the vast majority of those have been in the top-flight and so he offers so much more than just a long throw” carried on the Potter’s boss.
“He is the ultimate professional and it is important we look after certain players at the football club who started all this off”.