Delap signs one-year Stoke extension

Rory Delap has signed a one-year contract extension with Premier League Stoke City.

Rory Delap has signed a one-year contract extension with Premier League Stoke City.

The 35-year-old, whose father John is from Letterkenny, will be part of the Brittania club’s seventh tilt at the top flight when the new season starts in August. His professionalism has been lauded by Stoke manager Tony Pulis.

“Rory deserves this deal,” Pulis said. “It is important we look after those players who have been here since the start of this journey. It’s not just what he does on the field, he’s been an inspiration off the pitch as well. He has played close to 600 games during his career, and the vast majority of those have been in the top flight; he offers so much more than just a long throw. He is the ultimate professional.”

Delap was also delighted to extend his stay at the club. The former Republic of Ireland international still fells he can make an impact in the Premier League.

“I’m chuffed,” he said. “I wasn’t sure what was going to happen this summer, so to get it all sorted out now is fantastic. I love it here at Stoke, and to have been part of the success we have enjoyed over the past couple of years has been unbelievable.

“I still feel there is more to come, though, and hopefully I can play my part in ensuring that proves to be the case.”