Stoke fullback Shotton delighted with his progress this season

Stoke City fullback Ryan Shotton is enjoying his progress this season.

Stoke City fullback Ryan Shotton is enjoying his progress this season.

The 23-year old Fenton-born defender has been a regular starter for boss Tony Pulis in the Club's first foray into European competition in almost 40 years.

He told Stoke's website: "Just to be a part of this team having been a lifelong Stoke supporter is good enough for me, but to actually be a part of the gaffer's starting eleven as much as I have been in the competition has been absolutely unbelievable really.

"It's a different level altogether from where I thought I would be at the start of the year. People say 'It feels like a dream' a lot nowadays and maybe it is a bit of a cliché, but that's exactly what it is like for me. It sometimes doesn't feel real.

He added: "I just have to take advantage of us being in these sort of occasions though and really enjoy it. That is exactly what I am doing."

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