Ryan Shawcross has terminated his Stoke contract amicably to end his 14 years at the club

The 33-year-old made over 400 appearances for the Potters after arriving from Manchester United in 2007 – most of them as captain

In a club statement, Stoke said Shawcross left “to allow him to pursue new gaming opportunities in the United States”

Tony Scholes, CEO of Stoke, said on the club’s official website: “Ryan’s contribution to the club over the past 14 years simply cannot be underestimated. His outstanding leadership and persistence in his representations made him a talismanic figure to us / p>

“He was a great role model both on and off the pitch, and the way he was involved in training and games embodied the city of Stoke-on-Trent – hardworking, dedicated and loyal.” p>

“He believes the time has come to explore new opportunities and leaves with our very best wishes. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Ryan, his wife, Kath, and their family every success in the future – you will always be welcome at the bet365 stadium ”

Stoke was promoted to the Premier League by Shawcross in their first season and was an important part of Tony Pulis’ squad that established themselves in the top division

After being named the club’s captain in 2010, Shawcross led his team to the 2011 FA Cup final, where they were beaten by Manchester City

Stoke manager Michael O’Neill added: “Before I came to Stoke City, Ryan was the only player you instantly associated with the club when he started talking, simply because of the time it took he has stayed here

“It’s very rare these days for a player to stay with a club for 14 years I’m sure Ryan has had an opportunity to go elsewhere over the years, but he clearly felt settled and valued here

“He hasn’t thought as often in the past few years as he would have liked, but his professionalism and demeanor, both on the training ground and in the club, since I joined, simply cannot be questioned””

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Ryan Shawcross

World News – UK – Ryan Shawcross is leaving Stoke by mutual agreement to end 14 year tenure with the club

Source: https://www.bt.com/sport/news/2021/february/ryan-shawcross-leaves-stoke-by-mutual-consent-to-end-14-year-spell-with-club