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UPDATED 09:45 30th September 2016

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A DETERMINED and athletic defender, Phil Bardsley is enjoying his third campaign at the bet365 Stadium.

A free capture from Sunderland in the summer of 2014, the Scotland international has impressed the Potters faithful with his defensive and attacking qualities in the right back role.

A player who boasts a thumping effort, Bardsley enjoyed a six-year spell at the Stadium of Light prior to turning down a new long-term deal there in favour of a move to North Staffordshire.

Capped 13 times by Scotland, the 31-year-old came through the ranks at Manchester United before undertaking five loan spells as he acclimatised himself to the professional game.

It was at Sunderland that he really made a name for himself though, helping the Black Cats survive relegation in dramatic circumstances and netting several stunning efforts, including one at Old Trafford in the Semi-final of the Carling Cup.

He has yet to get off the mark in the Premier League for the Potters, but has two goals to his name in the League Cup, with his most recent coming at Stevenage earlier this season.