Stephen Ireland signs three-year Stoke City contract

Stephen Ireland of Stoke City reacts after having a goal ruled out for offside during the Barclays Premier League match against Hull City on December 14, 2013
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Stoke City announce that Stephen Ireland has signed a three-year contract at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke City have announced that midfielder Stephen Ireland has put pen to paper on a three-year contract at the Britannia Stadium.

The 27-year-old became a permanent Stoke player in January following a loan stint from Aston Villa.

Manager Mark Hughes told the club's official website: "We're delighted that Stephen has committed himself to us. He's an outstanding player - I think we've seen that in the time that he's been with us.

"He's someone I've worked with before and that will help Stephen because he enjoys working in a stable environment where he knows people. I think that gets the best out of him and we'll reap the benefits of that and I think the next few years will be great for him.

"He's still a young man and we're arguably getting him at a time in his career when he should be at the peak of his powers. I think it's a great opportunity both for Stephen and the club."

Ireland, who has made 27 appearances for the Potters in all competitions, was due to come to the end of his previous contract in the summer.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes looks on prior to kick-off against Liverpool during their Premier League match on January 12, 2014
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