Stoke seal Woodgate deal
Pulis feels Potters have signed a 'top-class defender'
Last Updated: 11/07/11 3:15pm
Woodgate: Has signed a one-year deal at Stoke and has been given the chance to prove his fitness
Stoke City have completed the signing of former Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur defender Jonathan Woodgate on an initial one-year contract.
Woodgate has endured horrendous injury problems over the past couple of years and his departure from Tottenham was confirmed last week.
The Potters opened talks with the centre-half regarding a move to the Britannia Stadium and Woodgate has now accepted the opportunity to link up with Tony Pulis' side.
There is the option of a further year's contract if the 31-year-old proves his fitness and Pulis is happy to have landed the former England international.
"The lad is a top-class player and it's been well documented that he has had his injury troubles, but we believe that if his fitness is managed properly, he will play games for us."
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"The lad is a top-class player and it's been well documented that he has had his injury troubles, but we believe that if his fitness is managed properly, he will play games for us," Pulis told the club's official website.
"We know that other Premier League clubs were keen on signing Jonathan, so we are delighted he has chosen us.
"It's a chance we are taking, but one we were keen to take because of the stature and quality of the player.
"We've effectively taken him on a pay-as-you-play deal which just shows how desperate the lad is to get his career back on the right track."
Stoke's chief executive Tony Scholes added: "There is no doubt that we have acquired a player with outstanding quality and experience but he is one who has clearly struggled with injuries over the past two years.
"However, sometimes a fresh start can trigger a change of fortunes. Jonathan has been working very hard throughout the summer on his fitness so he is desperate to make the most of this opportunity and to play in the Premier League."