BREK SHEA cannot wait to get started in the Premier League after completing his move from FC Dallas . . . and believes the nature of English football will suit his game perfectly.
The 22-year-old was granted a work permit on Thursday evening to enable him to finalise his switch to the Barclays Premier League after a fortnight of speculation regarding a move to the Potters, although he will have to travel back to the United States to tie-up formalities.
By the time he returns to England, Shea says he will be eager to get going and make an impact at the Britannia Stadium.
"It's been up and down, trying to figure out what's going on, but I'm here now and ready to go. It's one of the best Leagues in the world, and I'm excited to be here and hopefully I can contribute," said the United States international.
"If a team wants you and they're like this, then why wouldn't you sign? I like the style of play in English football - it's fast, it's up and down and it's suits me well."
Shea's been an attacking force for FC Dallas since being drafted initially in 2008, and he believes he can provide plenty of threat in the final third of the pitch.
"I like to attack and get forward, and sometimes I can be exciting! I have good speed and a little bit of skill," he added.
"It's different here - the surfaces are different, the players are different, but I think it suits my play. In terms of fitness, it'll take a couple of weeks for me to get going but I'm a lot further down than I thought."
The Texan joins up with fellow nationals Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu in the Potteries, although he admits he's spoken more to the former with Edu currently on-loan at Bursapor.
"I haven't spoken to Mo too much because he's in Turkey obviously, but I've spoken to Geoff a bit and he likes it. It will be nice to have a couple of countrymen here."