Delap has Stoke future

Midfielder backed to continue for as long as Giggs

Delap: A part of the Stoke 'fabric', according to Pulis

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Manager Tony Pulis is adamant that Rory Delap still has a future at Stoke, despite his age.

The midfielder has suffered from a recurring back injury this season, but has still been an important part of plans at the Britannia Stadium.

There have been suggestions that 35-year-old could move on this summer, but Pulis believes he can continue in the top flight for as long as 37-year-old Ryan Giggs.

"He's had a fantastic season for us," Pulis said in The Sentinel. "And there's no reason why he can't go on.

"He's a naturally fit player and is making as many appearances as Ryan Giggs, which says it all.

"If they look after themselves, there's no reason why they can't carry on delivering the goods.

"Rory is very much part of the fabric this club has been built on. His character and his attitude have been absolutely fantastic.

"And as far as I'm concerned, he's still got a massive part to play."