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UPDATED 02:37 18th August 2014

ANDY WILKINSON will enter his twelfth season as a first-team Potter for the 2014/15 campaign and currently holds the accolade as the longest-serving member of Mark Hughes' squad.

As a local lad who has emerged through the Youth Academy at the Club, he has become a fans' favourite with committed and passionate performances.

Wilkinson gained much of his experience in the early stages of his career in loan spells at Telford United, Partick Thistle, Shrewsbury Town and Blackpool.

The 27-year-old played his part in the side that gained promotion to the Premier League and then featured regularly in the second half of the first campaign in the top-flight after the form of Andy Griffin had kept him out of the side for a long period.

Like so many of the other players, a high point in Wilkinson's career was reaching the Club's first-ever FA Cup Final and he had a hand in setting up the fifth goal of their emphatic triumph over Bolton Wanderers in the semi-final at Wembley Stadium.

Although he has never scored for the Potters in a competitive fixture, he was on target in a pre-season friendly against Austrian side SV Thal in 2011 and he was only denied a first Premier league goal by a brilliant save from Manchester United 'keeper David de Gea later that season.