Derby's Mears: Stoke can survive in Premiership

Derby County fullback Tyrone Mears says Stoke City's players should have no fear ahead of next season's Premiership campaign.

Despite Derby's disastrous time in the top-flight, Mears says: "Of course it's a good time for the likes of Stoke to go up. When they say it's too early, I think 'When is the right time to go up from the Championship?' It's always going to be a massive struggle because you're competing with teams spending unbelievable amounts of money.

"You are coming up against fantastic players, but if you mix the hard-working players you've had in the Championship with a few quality players who can change things, then you've a really good chance."

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