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Brek Shea has told Tony Pulis he is ready for his baptism in the Premier League and would love to be part of the Stoke City squad when they return to action against Fulham in ten days' time.

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The £2 million transfer deadline day signing from FC Dallas feels he has fully recovered from a foot injury which has hampered him for the last four months after coming through a friendly with Burnley on Tuesday.

Shea, 22, scored in the win and now anticipates being part of manager Pulis' plans for the visit to Craven Cottage on February 23.

"As a player, I guess I am always going to say I am ready because I am itching to get out there and play for the football club," he told Stoke's official website.

"But at the same time, you can't rush things, and the gaffer and his staff are better qualified that me to make the decision on whether they think I am ready to play or not.

"I've been out for quite a while, so inevitably I'm not feeling 100%, but as I say, over the coming days and weeks, that will get better, and hopefully, I can do well in training and put myself in the frame for the upcoming games."

Shea accepts he may be forced to wait longer for his first appearance in what he believes is the best league in the world and will continue to work overtime to get back to full fitness after four months out, following foot surgery.

The left-sided midfielder said he has settled in quickly at his new club, adding: "Everybody has been really good with me, and they have all spoken to me and made me feel unbelievably welcome from the first minute I walked through the doors here.

"In terms of things off the field and settling in to my new routine, Geoff Cameron has been great. I have been around his house quite a bit and I have been eating his food, which maybe he isn't too happy about, but it's all good."

Meanwhile, Pulis has said he plans to continue to utilise Cameron Jerome as an impact substitute, after the striker again scored when coming off the bench in his side's 2-1 win over Reading.

"Every player thinks they should start," Pulis said. "If I sat down and said: 'Your best thing is coming off the bench', he wouldn't be happy with that. But I still think he's a great impact player.

"When the game is stretched in the last half an hour, when people are starting to get tired, his pace and power are fantastic. He is one player you want to bring off the bench.

"His enthusiasm and attitude are fantastic. He comes off the bench, runs around, doesn't sulk – and a great goal (against Reading) is good reward for him."


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