Delap signs Stoke deal

Pulis hails veteran after new contract

Rory Delap: Signed a new one-year deal at Stoke to keep him at Britannia Stadium for a seventh successive season

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Stoke midfielder Rory Delap has signed a 12-month extension to his contract to keep him at the Britannia Stadium until 2013.

Delap has established himself as a key member of Tony Pulis' plans since arriving at Stoke on a permanent deal in January 2007 after impressing on a loan spell at the club

The 35-year-old has carved out a reputation as a long-throw specialist but Pulis insists there is much more to his game than that skill.

Deserved

"Rory deserves this deal; it is important we look after those players who have been here since the start of this journey," manager Pulis told the club's official website.

"It's not just what he does on the field; he's been an inspiration off the pitch as well. He has played close to 600 games during his playing career, and the vast majority of those have been in the top-flight and so he offers so much more than just a long throw.

"He is the ultimate professional and it is important we look after certain players at the football club who started all this off."

Chuffed

Delap was delighted to extend his stay at the Britannia Stadium for another year.

"I'm chuffed to be honest," said Delap. "I wasn't sure what was going to happen this summer, so to get it all sorted out now, with the rest of the season to come, is fantastic for me.

"I've made no secret about the fact that I love it here at Stoke, and to have been part of the success we have enjoyed over the past couple of years has been unbelievable.

"I still feel there is more to come though, and hopefully I can play my part in ensuring that proves to be the case."