Date: 24th May 2013 at 11:49am
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Rory Delap will leave Stoke City with a heavy heart after 7 years at the club.

“Stoke City will always be a massive part of my life and I hope me in theirs, I am sure our partnership will be fondly remembered.’ Delap told Sky Sports

The Irishman who was an integral part of Stoke`s promotion back in 2007 and then apart of the team that kept Stoke in the Premier League, reached an F.A. Cup final and even embarked on a European adventure in the Europa League will leave the Britannia Stadium this summer as his contract has not been renewed.

The midfielder who was purchased from Sunderland in 2006 after an initial loan deal in which he broke his leg is disappointed that he will not able to acknowledge the Stoke fans for all the support he was given at his time at the Britannia Stadium.

‘I am a little sad I didn’t really get the chance to thank the Stoke fans that supported me and the team so loudly during the rise of the club over the last seven years,’

The 36-year-old has spent the latter part of last season on loan at Championship outfit Barnsley, where he helped the Tykes to maintain their Championship status and is not ready to hang up his boots just yet.

‘I have proved to myself and others that I can still play at a high level after playing a part in Barnsley’s survival this season and I feel fit enough to play on for another couple of seasons.”

The long throw specialist admitted that he was ready to leave Stoke this summer.

He explained: ‘It seems the club is going in another direction but for me having not featured much this season I already knew it would be time for me to move on.”