UPDATED 04:39 27th August 2015
A TOUGH TACKLING right back, Phil Bardsley joined Stoke City from rivals Sunderland on a free transfer in the summer of 2014.
Schooled at Manchester United's famous academy, the Salford-born defender has a wealth of Premier League experience having clocked up 200 appearances whilst in the North East alone.
Highlights of his time at Sunderland include a famous strike against his former club at Old Trafford in the Capital One Cup Semi-Finals to help the Black Cats progress to a Wembley cup final.
A well thought of defender in the youth teams at United, he was handed his professional debut by Sir Alex Ferguson alongside former Potter Danny Pugh in December 2003.
A host of loan spells followed with Bardsley heading off to play for Belgian feeder club Royal Antwerp as well as Burnley, Rangers, Aston Villa and Sheffield United.
Sunderland then became his permanent home midway through the 2007/08 campaign as Roy Keane paid an initial £850,000 for his services en route to confirming the team's Premier League survival.
Impressive performances under a number of other managers at the Stadium of the Light then followed and a first international cap for Scotland, the country of his father's birth, was earned in October 2010.