Stoke City boss Tony Pulis says Rory Delap still has a big influence on his squad.

Delap will celebrate his 35th birthday in July, but boss Pulis has already pencilled in the throw-in king for his future plans.

"He's had a fantastic season for us," Pulis stated, "and there's no reason why he can't go on.

"He's a naturally fit player and is making as many appearances as Ryan Giggs, which says it all.

"If they look after themselves, there's no reason why they can't carry on delivering the goods.

"Rory is very much part of the fabric this club has been built on. His character and his attitude have been absolutely fantastic.

"And as far as I'm concerned, he's still got a massive part to play."

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