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LOAN WATCH: Stoke loanee Ireland feels his Villa career could be over

Stephen Ireland says his career at Aston Villa will be 'effectively over' if he can prove himself at Stoke City.

The 27-year old midfielder has joined the Potters on a season-long loan and feels that if he can impress new manager Mark Hughes that his days at Villa Park could be done.

"If I do well at Stoke and they want me at the end of the loan spell - and as I will be out of contract - I think that, yes, my Villa career is effectively over," he told Sky Sports.

"I would [consider staying at Stoke permanently], as my first impressions of the club have been fantastic. Everybody has been so welcoming and there seems to be a great buzz about the place.

"I just can't wait to be a part of it and start playing again on a regular basis."

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