Kitson seeking to gel with Stoke play

Dave Kitson has urged his new Stoke City teammates not to view him as only a target man.

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"It doesn't matter who that first game is against, or what the scenario or what the level, there's so many things to learn," the 28-year-old striker told The Sentinel.

"You learn about who plays where, how you can help them and they you, and ultimately how a team approaches the issue of putting the ball in the net.

"Arsenal like to walk it in, others go long and Man United seem to be able to score from anywhere, but I'm sure I will be fine. I'm a decent player and I think I will do well.

"My problem is that people look at how tall I am (6ft 3ins) and immediately think I am a target man. That's how I started at Cambridge, but that's only because it was the way they played then.

"But there have been goals where I have dribbled through people, volleyed them in, help start things on the halfway line and what have you.

"When you come to a new club you want the respect of the other players and that comes from games.

"I've played with players with unbelievable ball skills in training and look the best in the world, but on a big pitch it doesn't quite happen. If you do the business in the game, your team-mates warm to you and make it easier for you to fit in.

"I'm not looking for anything particularly spectacular in my first game, although to score a goal would be good. But I think it would be nice if the other players see I'm a player to be relied upon by holding the ball up, making a pass and mucking in for the team."

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