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UPDATED 05:13 27th August 2015

SHAY GIVEN made the move to the Potteries on a two-year contract having joined from last season's FA Cup Finalists Aston Villa.

The Republic of Ireland international arrived at the Britannia Stadium with a wealth of experience after beginning his professional career over 20 years ago with Blackburn Rovers.

Given also linked up with Potters boss Mark Hughes for a second time in his lengthy career after the Welshman had previously signed him for Manchester City back in 2009.

Beginning his career in Celtic's youth system, he joined Blackburn Rovers in 1994 but was restricted to just a handful of appearances for the Lancashire club and was twice sent out on loan to Swindon Town for first team experience.

A third loan spell followed, this time with Sunderland, where he kept 12 clean sheets in just 17 appearances to hep the Black Cats to the Championship title in the 1996/97 season.

His super form at Sunderland earned him a permanent move to rivals Newcastle United in 1997, where he quickly became a fan's favourite.

Given spent 12 years at St. James' Park, clocking up 462 appearances for the North East club before linking up with Hughes at Manchester City.

The Irishman spent two years at the Etihad Stadium, collecting an FA Cup Winners' medal in 2011 as an unused substitute for the victory over the Potters at Wembley.

That summer he joined Aston Villa where he battled for the number one jersey with Brad Guzan for several years.

After a spell out of the team he joined Championship outfit Middlesbrough on loan in February 2014, keeping 10 clean sheets in 16 league games.

Last season he was the side's cup goalkeeper and featured in each of their FA Cup games en route to their first final in 15 years.

A veteran on the international scene too after making his debut for the Republic in 1996, Given joined Stoke City with 126 caps to his name.