STOKE CITY new boy Geoff Cameron simply cannot wait to pull on the red and white stripes . . . and the American hopes he may get his chance in Sunday’s clash with Arsenal.
While visa issues prevented him from playing a part in the season opener at Reading, he remains hopeful of making it to the Britannia Stadium on Sunday and maybe even playing.
“I’m really excited at the prospect of being there this weekend, at our home stadium,” said Cameron in an exclusive interview with the Potters’ Matchday Magazine.
“Whether I play or not, I just want to get over there and witness the atmosphere, which I have heard about so much. Hopefully, I’ll be involved but I’m taking it one day at a time.
“Even if it doesn’t happen this weekend, it will be a proud moment for me when I pull on that shirt in front of the supporters for the first time.”
Potters fans got a glimpse of what the utility man has to offer when he appeared for the Club in their final pre-season game in Germany against Greuther Furth.
Since then, Cameron has had to fly to Mexico to play in an international friendly and call in at home to complete a biometric test that will finally seal his protracted transfer.
He is looking forward to settling down in England after what has been a hectic period in his life.
“I just want to be there now, and get into a routine with things,” he added.
“I’m pretty particular on what I do on a daily basis. I have to have everything mapped out so I know exactly what is going on.
“I haven’t had that sort of routine for five or six weeks now, so I’m anxious to settle down, get a place and start it again. I’m excited at the prospect of it all.”
Settling down shouldn’t be too much an issue for Cameron, who has already earned a nickname from his new team-mates after spending time with them in the United States and Germany.
“They call me ‘The Yank’, which is funny,” laughed the former Houston Dynamo man.
“They have been great with me. Ryan Shotton has shown me around a little bit; he’s a good guy and I room-shared with him out in the States, so I got to know him pretty well.
“All the guys have given me good advice on where to live, what to do etc. Kenwyne has been great too, he knows guys that I know in the States, so he’s been a real good help to me.”
*You can read the exclusive interview with Geoff Cameron in full in this Sunday’s Matchday Magazine, marking the opening home game of the season against Arsenal.