PETER CROUCH expressed his gratitude to Stoke City for once again recognising his 100th Premier League goal with a Special Achievement trophy at last night’s 2016/17 End of Season Awards Ceremony.
The former England striker reached the landmark in February’s 1-1 draw with Everton and was recently presented with a commemorative statue from Chairman Peter Coates prior to last month’s encounter with Liverpool.
Crouch has since gone on to notch a further two top-flight strikes with goals against Hull City and Arsenal, and these efforts added to his total of nine for the season which ultimately saw him also handed the Top Goalscorer award yesterday evening.
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following his double triumph on the night, the 36-year-old thanked the Club for acknowledging his personal feat and conveyed his joy at scoring his 100th Premier League goal in front of the Potters faithful.
“The Club has been very kind to me,” Crouch beamed. “I received an award on the pitch recently and then picked up another one tonight so I’m very pleased."
“I’m really pleased to have scored 100 Premier League goals in my career to be recognised for it by the Club, and to pick up the Top Goalscorer award as well tonight which it wasn’t something I had my eye on this year but am delighted to have claimed it.
“It’s certainly nice to be part of the ‘100 Club’ and something I was looking to do. I’m now amongst some of the players I was trying to emulate as a kid which is a very proud moment for me.
“Obviously I wouldn’t have wanted to have scored my 100th Premier League goal anywhere else than here.”
He added: “I’ve still got many more things I want to achieve. I want to move higher up the Premier League goalscoring list as well as here at Stoke City.
“I feel as though we can win something and the next goal is to win an FA Cup or League Cup and finish as high up the league as we possibly can.”