Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Marc Wilson relishing Premiership return with Stoke

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has hailed the maturity of new signing Marc Wilson and feels the Irish international will add competition to his midfield options at Stoke.

Pulis told the club's website: "I wanted to freshen the squad up with some young players, and Marc certainly fits that criteria.

"He showed great maturity last season in what was a very difficult time for Portsmouth, so he will give us more competition for midfield places."

County Antrim born Wilson is also delighted to be back in the Premier League after suffering relegation with cash-strapped Pompey last season.

He added on the club's website: "This is a great club which is on the up and so this is a positive move for me.

"I had a taste of playing in the Premier League last season; it's the best league in the world and I wanted to get back there as soon as possible."

Wilson will also be hoping that his move back to the Premiership will increase his chances of featuring in Giovanni Trapattoni's plans for the European championship qualifiers over the next twelve months.

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