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Delap pens one-year Stoke extension

Stoke City veteran Rory Delap has agreed a new one-year deal with the club, which will see his stay at the Britannia Stadium extended into a seventh year.

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Delap, 35, has played more than 200 matches since joining the Potters in a £500,000 switch from Sunderland in 2006, with his arrow-like long throw-ins becoming a prominent part of Stoke's artillery in that time.

The Republic of Ireland international played 34, 36 and 37 games in each of the club's first three seasons in the Premier League and despite finding himself less involved this term - he has started just 16 league matches - Stoke boss Tony Pulis persuaded him to commit for another 12 months. "Rory deserves this deal," Pulis told the club's official website. "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 playing career, and the vast majority of those have been in the top-flight and so he offers so much more than just a long throw.

"He is the ultimate professional and it is important we look after certain players at the football club who started all this off.''

Delap was also delighted to agree new terms.

"I'm chuffed to be honest,'' he said. "I wasn't sure what was going to happen this summer, so to get it all sorted out now, with the rest of the season to come, is fantastic for me.

"I've made no secret about the fact that 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.''

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