Ashley Arrives

Ashley Williams

STOKE CITY have today bolstered their defensive resources by completing the signing of the vastly experienced Wales skipper Ashley Williams.

The former Swansea central defender, who has more than 600 first team appearances to his name and 79 international caps, has joined the Potters on a season-long loan from Everton.

He is the Club’s sixth signing of the summer transfer window following the arrivals of Benik Afobe, Peter Etebo, James McClean, Tom Ince and Adam Federici.

Manager Gary Rowett said: “We have two very good senior central defenders in Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi but I felt it was important we brought in another experienced player to add to the competition for places.

“Having spoken to Ashley he feels like he has a point to prove and has a real hunger. He knows many of our players, knows what we’re all about as a club and will fit straight in to our culture.

“He has gone for big money in the past and had a fantastic a career so far and experience in that position can be key because it can help you read the game.”

Chief Executive Tony Scholes added: “Ashley’s pedigree and experience speaks for itself and I have no doubts that he will be a fantastic addition to our squad in the Championship.”