Davies hits out at Pulis
Andrew Davies has criticised Stoke by claiming he was frozen out by manager Tony Pulis.
Last Updated: 08/10/10 6:04pm
Andrew Davies has criticised employers Stoke by claiming he was frozen out by manager Tony Pulis.
Davies has endured a nightmare spell at the Britannia Stadium since his £1.2million, 2008 switch from Southampton, making just four appearances in two years.
A month-long loan move to League One outfit Walsall has provided the 25-year-old a temporary reprieve from his spell in the shadows.
But Davies could not contain his feelings as he completed his move to the Saddlers, who he will debut for in Saturday's clash against Exeter.
The former Middlesbrough man, left out of the Potters 25-man Premier League squad, told the Express & Star: "When I came from Southampton I was injured and I didn't really get the support I would have liked.
"I felt I was being punished in my second season for not being fit in the first year. He (Pulis) actually signed me when I was injured and then when I got to the club I wasn't in his plans straight away so it was hard.
"I had a knee injury which is now absolutely fine and I just needed support - which I didn't get. I was getting sick of sitting around at Stoke just knowing what I can do on a football pitch.
"Having to train with the young kids, I was thinking, I've got to get myself out there again, start playing football and just enjoying myself because at Stoke I wasn't doing that at all."
Davies was able to get at least some game time under his belt during loan spells at Preston and Sheffield United last year but returning to Stoke only made sitting on the sidelines even harder.
And the defender says the desire of Walsall boss Chris Hutchings to bring him in made all the difference after feeling let down by his treatment from Pulis.
"I've had clubs who have got in touch with someone, then in touch with someone else to get back to me but if someone really wants you they ring you," Davies explained. "That's what happened here and that's why I came. It's just about feeling wanted.
"Obviously I've been at good clubs with good managers like Gareth Southgate and Steve McClaren and they all made me feel welcome. That's when they get the best out of the players, when the man management skills are the best. That's a big part in why I came here because even just hearing you're wanted is good.
"I had heard about where the manager had been and I spoke to a few people who knew him. They all said that he was a really good manager and was good one-to-one with players.
"He has been really good to me and the lads have been really welcoming, so I'm just looking forward to getting started. It was an easy decision."