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Stoke's Griffin: I was wrong to join Derby

Andy Griffin admits he was wrong to join Derby County last summer rather than spend the full season with newly-promoted Stoke City.

Griffin turned down a deal with Stoke last summer in favour of a move to Derby, only to return to the Britannia Stadium for £300,000 in January.

"We all make decisions in life," the 29-year-old told BBC Radio Stoke. "And I made the wrong decision last summer.

"I came back to a club that means a lot to me and to go up is the stuff dreams are made of."

Thousands of fans lined the streets of Stoke on Tuesday night for an open-top bus ride that celebrated the Potters' return to the top flight of English football after a 23-year absence.

"It's incredible" said Griffin, who started his career at the Victoria Ground, before returning to Stoke last season for two separate loan spells. "I was expecting a celebration but nothing on this scale."

The former Newcastle and Portsmouth full-back also said that gaining promotion with the Potters has been emotional.

"There's been a few tears, I'm not ashamed to say that," he added. "It's been an amazing experience."

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