Big money signing eyeing the Premier League after sealing City switch...
TOM INCE admits that promotion is his one and only aim this season after becoming the Club’s fifth signing of the summer.
The talented winger joined the Potters in a £12M deal on Tuesday afternoon and wasted absolutely no time in signalling his ambitions for the campaign ahead.
Speaking exclusively to Stoke City+ moments after his arrival was announced, the 26-year-old revealed his delight at making a move to the bet365 Stadium.
“I am delighted to be here, at a massive club with a huge fan-base and am so excited to get going again now,” he said.
“When Stoke made the approach and Huddersfield let it be known that they were open for business, then I had absolutely no second thoughts about wanting to come here.
“Everything about the Club is geared up to being at the top-level, which, as we all know, is where the Club has been for a long time.
“It is a shame that we are in this division now but it is down to us, as a group of players, to make sure we bounce straight back up."
“I know what it requires to be successful in the Championship and I have already seen that there is an enormous amount of quality already here at the Club.”
He added: “There is a lot of experience here, an enormous amount of quality and it is a really exciting place to be right now - as I said before, I just can’t wait to get down to work.”
Ince’s arrival comes hot on the heels of the Potters capture of James McClean, with the Republic of Ireland international sealing his switch just 24 hours earlier.
Similarly to McClean, Ince revealed that manager Gary Rowett played a significant role in his decision to swap the Premier League for the Championship, citing his past experience of working under him at Derby County as a major contributing factor.
“I know the manager and he knows me, so of course that is a really big positive,” he added.
“He knows exactly what I bring to the table, he knows exactly what he is going to get from me and I know exactly what he wants from his players too, which can only be a positive.”