A NEW two-year contract with an option for a third leaves Stoke's midfield playmaker Charlie Adam looking to build on a successful end to the 2014/15 season.
With competition so fierce, and the emergence of Spanish sensation Bojan, the Scot had to look to impress from the substitutes' bench but a prolonged period in the starting eleven during the second half of the campaign allowed Adam to take centre stage.
He was instrumental in the 2-0 win against Everton, whilst he also finished the campaign in stunning style by scoring from his own half at Chelsea to collect the goal of the season award. Four more goals in April and May then left Stoke fans purring at his fine performances.
It was a stark contrast to his first season at the Britannia Stadium where winning goals against QPR and Norwich City were his highlights during a disappointing final term for Tony Pulis.
The Dundee-born star had put pen to paper on a four-year-deal at the Britannia Stadium in the August of that 2012/13 season, ending his relatively short, but successful, spell on Merseyside.
Adam made 35 appearances for Liverpool during the 2011/12 campaign, after completing a high profile £9 million move from Blackpool twelve months previous.
He scored two goals during his time at Anfield - against West Bromwich Albion and Bolton Wanderers - however, it was his obvious craft on the ball which won him the majority of his Kop admirers.
He wasted no time in endearing himself to the Reds supporters by capping off a man-of-the-match winning debut against Sunderland, by assisting Luis Suarez’s for Liverpool’s opening goal of the season.
More impressive performances followed, whilst his finest hour came in the Carling Cup Final in February, as he played a key role in Kenny Dalglish's side lifting the trophy at Wembley following a tense encounter against Cardiff City.
It was at Blackpool however, where Adam really rose to stardom, featuring prominently for the Tangerines as they secured a shock promotion to the Barclays Premier League in May 2010.
Skippering the side throughout the campaign, he led by example and chipped in with a remarkable 19 goals from centre-midfield to help Ian Holloway’s side reach the promised land, in one of the most memorable Play-Off Finals in modern day history.
Scoring a spot-kick in their Semi-Final victory against Nottingham Forest, it was he again who proved to be the match winner in the showpiece Final at Wembley, which co-incidentally came against Cardiff City.
Adam scored one - a sublime 30-yard free-kick - and made another as Blackpool came from behind twice to claim a historic 3-2 victory in the capital, in front of almost 83,000 supporters.
Questions of whether the Scotsman could reproduce that same form in the top-flight were answered during the early parts of the 2010/11 season, as he shone for ‘Pool as they took the top-flight by storm and elevated themselves up into the top half of the league table.
The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool were all rumoured to have been lining up January moves for the in-demand star, but it was former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp who looked to have won the race for his signature in January 2011.
A deadline day deal looked to have been in place for Adam to complete a move to White Hart Lane, however, the move failed to go through after the necessary paperwork wasn’t rubberstamped by the FA prior to the midnight deadline.
That blow failed to derail the form of Adam, and he continued to impress throughout the second half of the season; although he wasn’t able to help the Club retain their top-flight status, as a final day defeat against Manchester United consigned them to relegation.
A big money move away from Bloomfield Road became almost certain following their drop, with a whole host of top-flight Club’s lining up for his signature.
Stoke were briefly named as a potential suitor for the midfield ace, but with the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool circling, a move to the Britannia Stadium never really looked realistic.
Liverpool eventually agreed a potential £9 million deal with Blackpool on the eve of the new campaign to acquire the services of the former Rangers youngster.
It was in his native country where Adam began his playing career, moving to Glasgow from Dundee at the age of 15, before making his competitive debut for the Ibrox Club four years later.
Following spells out on loan with Ross County and St Mirren, where he won the First Division title and Scottish Challenge Cup, the midfielder returned to Rangers to establish himself as a first team regular under Paul Le Guen during the 2006/07 campaign.
In total, he made 87 appearances for Rangers, chipping in with 18 goals, before making a bargain £500k move to Blackpool in 2009, following a successful loan spell with the Seasiders during the tail-end of the 2008/09 season.