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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