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Wednesday 14 March 2012

Walters in for the long haul at Stoke

Potters forward wants to be part of 'improving' club for years to come

Forward Jonathan Walters joined Stoke from Ipswich in 2010 for a transfer fee of £2.75m

Stoke striker Jonathan Walters believes that his long-term future will be at the Barclays Premier League club.

The 28-year-old has been an ever-present in the League for Stoke this campaign, scoring five goals, and has also become a regular in the Republic of Ireland squad.

And Walters, whose current contract runs out in 2015, insists he does not want to be at any other club.

"We have carried on improving year on year and now we want to finish in the top 10 for the first time," said Walters.

"This season has been an experience for everyone and there is still a lot to play for"
- Jonathan Walters

"On a personal level, you want to keep going at a club that is improving and keep improving yourself.

"Players with great Premier League and international experience like Peter Crouch signed last year, and I want to be a part of that for many years to come if I can."

Walters has formed an impressive partnership with fellow striker Peter Crouch this season to help the club qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League while on Sunday, Stoke take on Liverpool in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

And in recognition of his performances this season, the forward received the prestigious Stoke City Potteries Footballer of the Year award on Tuesday.

"I am absolutely chuffed to bits to win this award," added Walters.

"It is not just a football club award, but a city award, and with Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth already winning it, I'm happy to be in their company.

"This season has been an experience for everyone and there is still a lot to play for. Hopefully, it will set me and [Ireland team-mate] Glenn Whelan up for the European Championship this summer."

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Key Points

  • Jonathan Walters says he is determined to stay at Stoke long-term
  • Walters believes he can get better by playing at a club that is 'improving'
  • Forward received Stoke City Potteries Footballer of the Year award on Tuesday