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Jonathan Walters Looking To Impress In Stoke City's Pre-Season Training Camp In Germany

JONATHAN WALTERS hopes that Stoke City's pre-season training camp in Germany will provide him with the platform to secure a first team shirt for 2014/15.

The Potters arrived in the Traunstein district of Germany yesterday to embark on a 12-day stay that also includes three friendly matches.

Borussia Monchengladbach are City's first opponents tomorrow whilst further games follow against 1860 Munich and Schalke.

Walters says that he is looking to use the time to catch the eye of manager Mark Hughes in the build-up to the new season.

"I am no different than any other player in the 25 or so here, we are all looking to get in that starting eleven come the first game of the season, so we will all be looking to impress over the next few weeks," he said.

"There are always going to be new faces coming in; there always has been over the four years I have been here, every summer and every January.

"Everyone is in the same boat and we will all be looking to impress the manager on the pre-season tour - especially in the three games.

"They will be a good test as the German teams are ahead of us in terms of returning to training, so it will be hard, but that is what we need at this stage of pre-season.

"We have such a big squad now that we can field two different elevens for each half in the games, so that might be something that the gaffer will utilise; giving everyone plenty of game time."

The Potters finished last season with both a record Premier League points tally of 50 and a highest finish of ninth spot in Mark Hughes' first season in charge of the Club.

Walters isn't concerned that expectations and demands will grow however; instead insisting that further improvement is always the aim of the manager and players.

"Each year the expectation levels raise, that is only natural, but we as players want to push ourselves on as well," he added.

"In simple terms that means finishing higher in the table than we did last season.

"We will be looking to start the season brightly and get some wins under our belts as soon as we can.

"If we can start the season well and finish as well as we did last year then we could be looking at another good season."

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