Dickinson set for Stoke exit
Stoke defender Carl Dickinson says he will leave the club in an attempt to play regular football.
Last Updated: 07/07/10 6:44pm
Stoke defender Carl Dickinson says he will leave the club in an attempt to play regular first-team football elsewhere.
The left-back is apparently wanted by several clubs, with the likes of Preston and Sheffield United emerging as favourites to land his signature.
The 23-year-old is set to command a £500,000 fee after expressing his desire to leave the Premier League outfit.
Dickinson has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place in Tony Pulis' starting line-up and spent time on loan at Barnsley last season.
And the former Derby youngster says the time is right for him to move on and seek a new challenge - although he admits it would be difficult to depart the Staffordshire side.
Dickinson told The Stoke Sentinel: "I need to get out and start playing football every week.
"However, it is going to be hard to leave Stoke, because I have made a lot of friends here and the club have been brilliant with me.
"I have had some of the best years of my life here. I will never forget being a part of what the club has achieved.
"To be a young lad playing when the club was promoted to the best league in the world was fantastic. Words can't describe it and it would be nice to be involved in something like that again.
"That set of lads and the spirit in the dressing room was amazing, but the manager has carried that on over the past two years as the club have done well in the Premier League."