CARLO NASH accepted the offer to continue as cover for Stoke City’s two international goalkeepers when the first team squad reported back for pre-season training.
The 38-year-old former Manchester City and Everton ‘keeper had kept his options open during the summer months so that he could look for the chance to play first team football.
But although Nash had some offers to move on, he eventually decided to remain at the Britannia Stadium for the 2012-13 season by putting pen to paper on a one year contract.
It is his third season back at the Club where the form of Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen has restricted him to just one appearance in a Carling Cup tie against Shrewsbury.
But Nash’s considerable experience in a career spanning 16 years and eight other League clubs ensures that the Potters are particularly strong in the goalkeeping department.
Having made his League debut for Crystal Palace back in 1996, he has also enjoyed lengthy spells at Stockport County, Manchester City and Preston North End prior to joining Stoke.
He initially played a key role in the Club winning promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2007-08 season when he made 10 appearances while on loan from Wigan Athletic.
Then, after being released by Everton following a short spell on Merseyside, he took up the invitation from Tony Pulis to operate as third choice to Begovic and Sorensen.
That did, however, mean he was on the bench for the Club’s momentous FA Cup Final run, including the semi-final and then the Final against Manchester City at Wembley Stadium.