Ireland Signs Short Term Contract

Stephen Ireland

STEPHEN IRELAND has signed a six-month contract extension as he continues his rehabilitation from serious injury.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder was forced to miss the entire 2016/17 Premier League season after suffering a broken leg in training in April of last year.

His existing contract expired yesterday but the Potters are giving the 30-year-old the opportunity to make a return to full fitness.

Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: “Stephen has been forced to put his career on hold after suffering a very serious injury in training through no fault of his own.

“He’s working incredibly hard to get himself back to full fitness and we felt that it was only right to offer him a short-term contract to give him peace of mind while he continues with that process. 

“Stephen is grateful for the support we have shown him and we look forward to hopefully seeing him pull on a Stoke City shirt again in the near future.”

Ireland joined the Potters from Aston Villa in an initial loan deal in 2013 and completed a permanent switch to the bet365 Stadium during the January 2014 transfer window.

The former Manchester City man has made more than 60 league and cup appearances for the Club.