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Stoke pair Shotton, Dickinson happy at Barnsley

Stoke City defender Ryan Shotton says he and Carl Dickinson are enjoying their loan at Barnsley.

The Fenton-born defender joined Barnsley on a three-month loan deal along with Dickinson in September, and he says his spell at Oakwell is helping him to develop as he looks to forge a breakthrough into Tony Pulis' first team plans over the course of the next twelve months.

"Things are going very well here for both of us, and it is great to be playing week in, week out against these sort of teams and players. It has made things so much easier for us that we have had each other because it wasn't so intimidating joining a new team. We both travel up all the time so we share the car and we can talk to each other about things and it makes things so much more comfortable," he told Stoke's website.

"The good thing was when we got here they had just appointed a new manager and everything was fresh and new, so it was like a new beginning. That way we were all able to put the bad start behind us and push the Club on.

"Obviously my future is at Stoke, but being here is very good for me. I signed a new contract just before I came here on loan and that was brilliant for me. It has allowed me to just concentrate on playing and not worrying about my future, and that has helped make things a little easier for me."

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