Huth pens new deal

Stoke City defender first to sign this summer

Robert Huth has signed a three-year contract extension at Stoke City.

The German international, who moved to the Britannia Stadium in 2009 for what was then a club record £6 million transfer, has put pen to paper on a new agreement which keeps him at City until the end of the 2015-16 season.

The defender, who turns 28 this year, still had another year to run on his present contract, but City were eager to tie him to a longer term deal before the new campaign.

City’s Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: "Robert has been an integral part of our success over the past three years.

"Extending his contract was more important to us than making a major new signing, as with Robert we know what we’ve got and what an important part of the team he is. We are delighted he has committed his long term future to the Club.”

Manager Tony Pulis said: "Huthy stands out as one of the best signings this Club has made since we were promoted to the Premier League, so it’s fantastic news that he is staying put for the long term.

"It’s a massive boost for us all and I know our supporters will be especially pleased because they have really taken to him since he joined us. They love the committed way he approaches the game and that is one of his many attributes.”

Huth says: "I am delighted that it has all been sorted out before the start of the season.

"I’ve had a fantastic time here, the best three years of my career. It’s been great to play a big part in the Club’s progress over that period, but also to gain some personal recognition with the Player of Year awards which I won at the end of the last two seasons.

"I have ambitions in the game and I am relishing the chance to achieve them here at this Football Club, so I can’t wait for the new season to come around.”

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