Pugh contemplates Potters exit

Midfielder keen to gain regular games

Pugh: Out of favour

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Danny Pugh is weighing up his options after finding first-team football hard to come by at Stoke.

The midfielder has slipped down the pecking order at the Britannia Stadium and has been restricted to only a handful of fleeting appearances this season.

He has featured for the Potters in their Carling Cup endeavours, but has been limited to just three substitute outings in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old admits he is at a stage where he needs to be playing week in, week out and accepts that he may need to look elsewhere in order to further his career.

"It hasn't been the best for me this season. I have either been in the stands, or on the bench in the league games, which is frustrating," Pugh told The Sentinel.

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"I am at an age where I need to play football, but at the moment that is not happening, apart from the cup games.

"Last season I was getting in the team a bit more, but it's not really happened this season. I've just been on for five minutes here or 10 minutes there in the league.

"It is nice to get cup games under your belt, but you need more than Carling Cup and reserve games."

Pugh joined Stoke for £500,000 from Preston in 2007 and has been a regular part of Tony Pulis' plans since then.

It remains to be seen whether Pulis will allow Pugh out on loan, especially as the Potters have already released Andrew Davies, Richard Cresswell, Ibrahima Sonko, Ryan Shotton and Carl Dickinson on short-term deals.