Mark Hughes "delighted" to bring Phil Bardsley to Stoke City

Sunderland's Phil Bardsley celebrates moments after scoring the opening goal against Manchester City on November 10, 2013
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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes that Phil Bardsley has "plenty of qualities" to bring to the team following his free transfer from Sunderland.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes that defender Phil Bardsley has all the right qualities to push the club forward.

The 28-year-old has agreed a three-year deal with the Potters after deciding to leave Sunderland on a free transfer.

"I'm really pleased to bring Phil into the club," Hughes told the club's official website. "He's a player of great Premier League experience who I think will bring added quality to the squad.

"He has plenty of qualities that will improve us and help move the football club forward to where we want to be. Phil was genuinely excited to join and I'm delighted to bring him in as his personality and desire will shine in the dressing room."

Bardsley made 200 appearances at Sunderland over six years at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland's Phil Bardsley in action against Chelsea on April 7, 2013
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