JONATHAN WALTERS has assured supporters that there will be no split allegiances when he steps out for the Potters against boyhood Club Everton this weekend.
The Republic of Ireland ace, who is a self-confessed lifelong Toffees supporter, spent many a Saturday afternoon during his youth cheering on the Blues at Goodison Park along with his father and brothers.
However, in the build-up to Saturday’s encounter, the forward has revealed that he will be doing his utmost to help his side to three points, and throw a spanner in the works of Everton’s bid for a top-four spot.
“Obviously, I will be doing everything I can to help Stoke get the three points,” he told Potters Matchday Magazine.
“After the game I will be hoping that Everton can go on and enjoy a good season; apart from our return fixture of course.
“It’s a funny one for the family in some ways because they will be here at the game, and like me, my brothers and dad are Everton supporters, but for this one I’m sure they will be willing me and Stoke on. Well, I’m
hoping so anyway.”
The striker was also quick to dismiss any speculation of a toned down celebration, should he chalk up his fourth league goal of the campaign against David Moyes’ side.
“I really don’t get that to be honest, a goal is a goal,” he added. “If you score it you celebrate it, I would anyway, despite the fact it’s against Everton.
“I would be delighted if I were to score on Saturday, I wouldn’t go over the top, but I would celebrate it in my usual manner. That is for certain!”
The full interview with the 29-year-old can be read in the latest edition of Potters Matchday Magazine, which will be on sale around the stadium prior to the game.
The publication, which was last week named as runner-up in Programme Monthly’s Programme of the Year Awards, is priced at just £3.50 and includes interviews with Walters, Glenn Whelan and Matthew Upson, whilst all of the regular features, including the Manager and Captain’s columns are also included.