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Stoke signing Sidwell surprised by squad quality

Steve Sidwell has admitted surprise at the quality inside Stoke City's squad.

The former Fulham midfielder arrived earlier this summer.

"I always thought they were good players, but until I got here I didn't realise how good they are," Sidwell revealed to The Sentinel.

"I remember talking to the gaffer before I came and he said he was quietly surprised at the standard of the lads when he first came.

"I saw Stoke play a lot last year and thought they were good, but you don't realise how good until you see close up each day."

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