UPDATED 01:58 18th August 2014
WILSON PALACIOS will be hoping to finally begin a run of games in the City first team in the 2014-15 season after making his biggest impression yet during the previous campaign.
After the Honduran international signed a four-year contract when he completed a transfer deadline day move from Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee in August 2011, he has endured much of his time in the Potteries on the sidelines due to a persistent knee problem.
However, despite a full pre-season behind him last summer, heartache was to strike on the opening day at Liverpool as an injury in the warm-up at Anfield meant the fearsome midfielder had to pull out of Mark Hughes’ first-ever City line-up.
The 29-year-old fought his way back though and gradually become a dependable player for the former Wales manager to call upon, with his best display coming in a record 4-1 triumph over Aston Villa in March 2014.
Palacios accompanied club record signing Peter Crouch in making the switch from White Hart Lane to the Britannia Stadium, but it was clear from the outset that he would need time to settle in at his new club as he worked his way back to fitness after knee surgery.
The midfielder sprung to prominence in his home country of Honduras by helping Olimpia to win five League titles back home before deciding that he wanted to try his luck playing in Europe.
Palacios had trials with Red Star Belgrade and Monaco which came to nothing and he also attracted interest from Arsenal, but it was Birmingham City who eventually offered him his big breakthrough in the English game following a recommendation from Arsene Wenger.
It was during a loan spell with Birmingham that their manager Steve Bruce likened the Honduran to a young Paul Ince, but despite that he was not offered a permanent deal.
Bruce, however, retained an interest and when he moved on to take charge of Wigan Athletic, it wasn't long before he offered him the chance to move there in January 2008.
Palacios made such an impact in his early days with the Latics that he was soon being linked with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
His performances in the first half of the 2008/09 season continued to catch the eye and it led to Tottenham paying out a £12,000,000 fee for him in January Transfer Window of 2009, although he was reluctant to move due to the fact that he was settled in the North West.
He went on to play a significant part in Spurs qualifying for the Champions League by pipping Manchester City for fourth place in the Barclays Premier League although the fierce competition for places limited him to just 18 League appearances in the 2010-11 season.