Stephen Ireland vows to repay Mark Hughes

Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland controls the ball in the League Cup semi-final against Bradford on January 22, 2013
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Stephen Ireland vows to repay Stoke City boss Mark Hughes after joining the Potters on a season-long loan deal from Aston Villa.

Stephen Ireland has vowed to repay Stoke City boss Mark Hughes after joining the Potters on a season-long loan deal on Monday.

The 27-year-old, who had been deemed surplus to requirements at Aston Villa, has linked up with Hughes for the second time after playing under the Welshman at Manchester City.

"I had a great relationship with Mark at Manchester City and I was desperate to work with him and his staff again," Ireland told BBC Sport.

"Mark knows how I play and how to get the best out of me. I do feel as though I've something to prove and I'm coming here to get myself back playing."

Ireland had been forced to train with Villa's development squad in the early part of the season.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes on the touchline during the match against Crystal Palace on August 24, 2013
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