New Stoke midfielder Dean Whitehead is looking forward to a new challenge after ending his five-year stay at Sunderland.
The 27-year-old signed a four-year contract on Friday after the clubs agreed a £3million fee, which could eventually rise to £5million.
"I am delighted to be here at Stoke and can't wait for the challenge to begin," said Whitehead.
"It was hard to leave but I think the time was right for me to change and have a fresh start.
"I have had a good time there, met some fantastic people and played with some fantastic players, many of whom I will stay in touch with."
Whitehead will be reunited with former Sunderland team-mates Liam Lawrence, Rory Delap and Danny Higginbotham and another ex-Black Cat in goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.
"There are a few lads here I already know which I'm sure will help me settle in," he told Stoke City Player.
"I know Lenny (Lawrence) very well and we know each other's games inside out so hopefully we can show that on the pitch and work well together here.
"The manager (Tony Pulis) has been brilliant, I have spoken to him a few times. He has great plans for this place and as soon as I heard what he said, I wanted to be part of it.
"Last year was a fantastic season for everyone here and hopefully I can help push the club on even more."
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