Next Game

FC Porto v Stoke

Sunday, 02 August 2015, 16:45

Friendly Match

Last Game

Cologne 2 - 1 Stoke

Saturday, 01 August 2015, 14:00

Friendly Match

Ireland wanted Hughes reunion

Stephen Ireland hopes Mark Hughes will help him get his career back on track after being reunited with the Welshman at Stoke.

Last Updated: 03/09/13 at 12:11 Post Comment

Stephen Ireland: Hopes to be a regular starter at Stoke

Stephen Ireland: Hopes to be a regular starter at Stoke

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Ireland previously worked under Hughes at Manchester City and was delighted to link up with the Potters boss on a season-long loan from Aston Villa.

The 27-year-old midfielder has made just 57 appearances for Villa since joining from City in an £8m move three years ago and has not featured in the side since January.

Ireland hopes to become a regular starter for Stoke, but admits he must firstly prove his worth to Hughes.

"I had a great relationship with Mark at Manchester City and I was desperate to work with him and his staff again," he said.

"Mark knows how I play and how to get the best out of me.

"I just want to get a good run of games, which is something I haven't had for a while.

"I do feel as though I've something to prove and I'm coming here to get myself back playing.

"There are still lots of things I want to achieve. I've set myself a lot of goals and want to hit the ground running. I turned 27 last week and to me it's vital I'm playing on a regular basis.

"I'm so grateful to Stoke for the opportunity. I'm looking forward to getting stuck into training and building my career back up again."

Arnautovic assessed

Stoke also secured the deadline-day signing of Austria winger Marko Arnautovic for £2.6m from Werder Bremen.

Arnautovic has a reputation as a fiery character and was involved in bust-ups with the manager and a team-mate during his spell in Germany.

But chairman Peter Coates is confident that Hughes will be able to handle the two new recruits.

"Mark has been out to see (Arnautovic) in Germany and likes him," said Coates.

"He's got a bit of a chequered history on the personal side, but he is coming to a club with a squad of good professionals and that should be good for him.

"Certain clubs work for certain players and we are hoping he's going to be the striker who can score the goals for us because that has been one of our deficiencies.

"Friends of mine at Manchester City remember Ireland coming through the system there and he has since had his moments.

"His career seems to have gone in the wrong direction of late, but Mark knows the guy well and he certainly has a good pedigree as a player."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Leicester agree club-record fee for Charles Aranguiz

Leicester are discussing terms with Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz after agreeing a club-record £10.5m fee with Internacional.

Andre Pirlo backs Liverpool's Mario Balotelli to prove his potential

Andrea Pirlo thinks Mario Balotelli can still be one of the "top forwards in Europe" despite his struggles at Liverpool.

Liverpool beat HJK, Villa draw at Forest and Leeds see off Everton

Liverpool beat HJK, Aston Villa drew 3-3 at Nottingham Forest, while Leeds beat Everton 2-0 and Newcastle lost at home on Saturday.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company