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Wilkinson excited by second season syndrome

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Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson is looking forward to a second successive season in the Barclays Premier League after signing a contract extension with the club.

The 24-year-old is the Potters' longest-serving player, having made his debut in 2001, and has agreed a one-year extension on an improved deal which will keep him at the Britannia Stadium until at least 2012.

"It was a dream come true to play for the club I supported as a kid and now to sign a new deal for another season going into the Premier League is another dream," he said.

"I still have to pinch myself at times to see if it's all real but I'm buzzing and can't wait for the new season."

Midfielder Salif Diao, who was out of contract, will stay for another year after he signed a new deal.

"I've always wanted to stay here and the club always wanted me to stay here too," said the 32-year-old.

"There's a very difficult season ahead of us now and it's good for everything to be sorted out now."

Chief executive Tony Scholes was pleased to reward both players with new deals as the club heads into its second Premier League season.

"This new contract is a deserved reward for Andy's performances over the last season," he told the club's website, stokecityfc.com.

"Salif has been an important part of Tony Pulis' team for the last two years and we are very pleased that he has decided to stay at the Club for a further season."

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Stoke City
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Salif Diao
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