Stoke defender Woodgate: I did sometimes think career was over

Stoke City defender Jonathan Woodgate admits at times over the past two years he believed his career was over.

Stoke City defender Jonathan Woodgate admits at times over the past two years he believed his career was over.

The former Tottenham centre-half, 31, saw out his first 90 minutes in 22 months as the Potters claimed their first victory in a European tie following a tough battle against Hajduk Split.

Woodgate said: "My last game might have been in the San Siro but my last 90 minutes was for Spurs against Wigan when we won 9-1.

"That must be almost two years ago now. Whatever it is, it's a long while.

"And, of course, there have been times since then when I've thought: 'This is it, then.'

"But I reckoned without my family, fiancee and friends and without them it would have been hard. Maybe, if it wasn't for their support, I would have called it a day.

"They were bad times. But now I can look forward to a new season and it feels great."

 
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