Date: 3rd August 2018 at 7:00am
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Late yesterday evening Stoke City confirmed that Everton centre-half and Welsh international captain Ashley Williams had signed on the dotted line and joined us on a loan deal for the season of 2018/19.

The 33-year-old becomes manager Gary Rowett’s sixth signing of the summer and whilst it might not be the Welshman many were expecting, a poor spell at Goodison Park hasn’t turned him into a poor defender and I expect he’ll play a huge part for us as we look to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking following last terms relegation.

As the news was announced, Williams revealed that a solid conversation with international, and former Swansea City colleague, Joe Allen had more than helped him make the decision, especially as he knew the midfielder had contracted up for longer at the club despite dropping into the second tier, so he felt it was a good place to be.

Speaking to the Official Website he explained.

“Joe is one of my best friends, we speak most days and the fact that he’s a Stoke player was one of the reasons why I wanted to come here. We’ve spoken a lot over the last couple of days and he’s told me all about the Club and how it works and what I can expect. Joe’s decision to sign a new contract earlier this summer was obviously a big thing for the Club and it showed how serious Stoke are about getting back into the Premier League. To keep a player like Joe Allen, who in my opinion is one of the best midfielders in the country, is a sign that the Club is looking to go back in the right direction and that was a big factor in me joining Stoke.”

Despite some bitter words coming from disgruntled Everton fans, plenty have welcomed his arrival and some opposition fans had good words to say about the deal, despite the fact it improves us.

 

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