Jermaine Pennant will not be allowed to rest on his laurels after earning a permanent deal at the Britannia Stadium, according to manager Tony Pulis.
Pennant has been in great form for the Potters since his loan move from La Liga side Real Zaragoza at the start of the season.
However Pulis is adamant that the completion of a £2.8million deal for the winger means he will pile even more pressure on the former Birmingham and Liverpool man.
"I've been cuddling him for the last three months," Pulis told the Daily Express.
"But he has been very good, I haven't had to pull him up at all. He has been exceptional for us. The last thing we want is for him to sign a contract then think he can take his foot off the gas.
"I'm always looking for people with something to prove and that desire to want to keep their careers going and keep pushing forward.
"Jermaine has got lost in the wilderness a bit. No one has doubted his talent and this has given him the opportunity and the stage to show that it's there and that he's still good enough to do it.
"I think there's a lot of players who were given too much too soon, that's one of the problems of professional football. They're comfortable before they've achieved anything.
"I've had him here three months. If I was signing him tomorrow and knew nothing about him, I'd have spoken to a lot of people."