Sunday 18 August 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Jonathan Walters enjoyed a brief flirtation with the Barclays Premier League when, as a 19-year-old, he made four appearances with a Bolton Wanderers team that narrowly avoided relegation with a final-day win over Middlesbrough.
Ten years later, the powerful forward is established in the League with Stoke City and a regular international with Ireland. After several years at a host of clubs in the lower leagues, it was on August 18th 2010 that Walters got himself back into the top division with a move from Ipswich Town to Stoke City.
Then Stoke manager Tony Pulis heralded his latest capture as “one of the outstanding performers in the Championship”, adding that he was “confident the lad can make the same sort of impact in the Premier League now that he has been given this opportunity.”
"This was the opportunity I had been working towards and I'm glad it's come at a club like Stoke.''
Walters told ESPN at the time: "I had a sniff of it in my time at Bolton, but I knew that in dropping down the leagues, it would take a lot of hard work to get back there one day. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Ipswich, especially being the captain of the club, but this was the opportunity I had been working towards and I'm glad it's come at a club like Stoke.''
“I am excited about moving here and it is the fulfilment of a long-term goal of mine to get back into the Premier League.”
With more than 100 Premier League appearances with Stoke City, and 21 goals, Walters can safely say that he has achieved his long-term goal to be a Barclays Premier League player.