Shay extends his career at the top with Stoke move

Shay extends his career at the top with Stoke move
Rosgier’s most famous son, Shay Given, has ensured his playing career at the very top level will continue for at least two more years.

Rosgier’s most famous son, Shay Given, has ensured his playing career at the very top level will continue for at least two more years.

That’s thanks to his latest move, on Friday the Lifford stopper signed a two-year contract for Premiership side Stoke City. A surprise move, Given had been tipped to join Middlesborough.

The move will see Given once again link up with Potters’ boss Mark Hughes, who signed him when he was in charge of City in 2009.

Given said he was “really excited by this new chapter in my career and I can’t wait to get started. Mark Hughes was a big pull for me to join. I’ve worked with him and his staff before and it will be fantastic to work with everybody again.

“Mark was a really big factor in me coming to the Club, he’s done a magnificent job and I have a lot of respect for him,” he added/

Given has made over 350 Premier League appearances for Newcastle United and also had spells at Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City and Villa.

Stoke have been busy in the market, on Friday last the 39-year-old became City’s second signing of the day after Chelsea’s 22-year-old midfielder Marco van Ginkel arrived on a season-long loan.

Republic of Ireland stalwart Given ended up as Aston Villa’s first choice ahead of Brad Guzan at the back end of last season and played in the 4-0 FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.

Fellow internationals Glenn Whelan, Jon Walters, Marc Wilson and Stephen Ireland are currently at Stoke.

Hughes said: “He will not only be a great asset on the pitch as an outstanding goalkeeper but he’s also a fantastic character to have in the dressing room and around the Club - a true professional.”

Given will join the city squad on their pre-season tour to Singapore.