Shawcross impressed with Stoke transfer business

Defender Ryan Shawcross is looking forward to next season with Stoke following their early transfer business.

Defender Ryan Shawcross is looking forward to next season with Stoke following their early transfer business.

Deals to bring Phil Bardsley and Mame Biram Diouf to the Britannia Stadium have already been agreed, with the pair leaving Sunderland and Hannover respectively.

He told The Sentinel: “They are good signings all round.

“They are free signings, so no gambles there, and they are both very good players with a good history.

“They will hopefully add to our squad and improve us. And I’m sure we will add a few more.”

Shawcross hopes the Potters remain on an upward curve, with a top-half finish secured in the Premier League under the guidance of Mark Hughes in 2013/14.

He added: “We always want to improve on the previous year.

“I’m sure we will want to beat ninth, and our cup runs in the last couple of years haven’t been great, so we want to improve on that and get to some finals.”

The defender said: “We had that spirit for six or seven years and our new manager acknowledged that, continued to use the same players and added some flair players.

“It’s a great combination, and we played some very entertaining football towards the end of the year.

“Overall, we had a few dips, but we finished with our highest-ever finish.”

 
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