Earlier this morning Stoke City laid all speculation about a departure for Welshman Joe Allen to rest with confirmation of a new long-term contract being signed at the Bet365 Stadium.
JOE ALLEN has today pledged his future to Stoke City by signing a long-term contract.
The 28-year-old Welsh international has put pen to paper on a four-year contract with the Potters.
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) June 18, 2018
The 28-year-old international was one of many players linked in the press with a move away but whatever the truth might have been about potential interest in him, he’s going nowhere having signed a new four-year contract with Stoke today.
Having signed for Stoke back in the summer of 2016 for a reported £13million fee from Liverpool, Allen has 74 starting appearances to his name, with an additional three showings from the bench. Those games have returned ten goals and his importance to the side is clear for everyone to see.
Speaking to the Official Website as his deal was announced, Allen explained that having spoken to Tony Scholes and him making it clear they didn’t want to cash in on him and wanted him to play his part in helping us back to the Premier League after relegation, it made it an easy choice for him as he’s enjoying his spell with us and he feels settled.
“As players we have to shoulder responsibility for what happened last season. Sometimes in football when things go wrong players try to wash their hands of it but I’m hoping a few more of the lads will have the same target of trying to set the record straight and helping the Club bounce straight back.”
Fans will certainly relish that sentiment and clearly making up for last year is a buzzword at the club at the moment, as manager Gary Rowett added.
“Joe’s were the first comments that I read at the end of last season and it was clear from what he said that he wanted to atone for what had happened. That’s exactly what any Club, any set of fans and any manager want to hear – they want players to feel a sense of responsibility. For a player of that quality to want to stay, want to commit to the future tells you how good the Club is and that he can see potentially a better season ahead.”
getting joe to sign a new contract is like £20m signing IMO, We are shaping up to be a solid team, get some wingers in now!
— Tom Nicklin (@NicklinThomas) June 18, 2018
That is great news fair play to him , shows he has a good attitude towards the club he could of singed for a premier league club imo but has stayed loyal ????????
— Liam Lawrence (@LiamLawrence07) June 18, 2018
@jonnotatts I’m starting to believe for the first time that they might bounce straight back up! Can’t believe he’s signed a new deal
— John Ford (@FohnJord) June 18, 2018
I'm shocked by this however it shows loyalty, it shows Stoke won't be in the championship long, Joe will dominate that league.
— Baxter ???????????????????????????? (@BaxterCymru11) June 18, 2018
I'm gona get my wife pregnant just so that I can do this.
— ???? Geeby Yu ???? (@GeebyYu) June 18, 2018
All DAY?? You must have had a cracking Sunday mate!!!! Best since Afobe for me!
— Stokie'73 ????⚪️????⚪️ (@potter2207) June 18, 2018
— Dan (@MiaSanStoke) June 18, 2018
Top bloke, speaking as a Stoke fan, he has the quality to have gone to many premier league teams. He will be a stoke legend.
— Joseph Seddon (@SeddonJoseph) June 18, 2018
Great news! Build around this little dynamo, best signing so far this season
— andrew clarke (@clarkey_neckend) June 18, 2018
Good luck to the lad!
— Fred Keenor (@FredKeenor1) June 18, 2018
Great news, great player, great bloke.
Joe Allen, will still be a very rich young man, but just goes to show there is a small percentage of players who are in it for the game/supporters and not just the money.
Our 3rd massive signing of the summer
— nigel pegg (@nigelpegg2) June 18, 2018