Let’s hope Woody’s move produces a joy story

Published Add your comment

Jonathan Woodgate says the prospect of Barclays Premier League and Europa League football – together with playing for Tony Pulis - persuaded him to sign for Stoke after his injury-ravaged spell with Spurs.


Woodgate, whose contract with Tottenham expired in June, faced an uncertain future and had been linked with a return to Leeds in the Npower Championship. But after discussions with Pulis, Woodgate said that Stoke's ambitions matched his own.


"I decided to go for a fresh challenge and spoke to Tony Pulis a few times," he said after penning a one-year deal at the Britannia. "He sold me the club.


"There were a few other clubs interested, but Stoke are in the Premier League, they reached the FA Cup final and got into Europe."


Woodgate elaborated on his injury history, which saw him make just four appearances for Spurs in the past two years, and pointed to the 9-1 victory over Wigan in November 2009 as the moment that kicked off his latest injury run.



Because of the injury, Woodgate said that he was continually behind in preparations and fitness, causing him to continually pick up further injuries as he scrambled to come back.


"I ruptured the ligament at the bottom of the pelvis, which caused the pelvis to become unstable," he continued. "I had numerous operations and finally got back last year, but because I hadn't got a pre-season under my belt I kept getting little niggles. It was a nightmare."


But despite his injury nightmares, Woodgate is confident that he's in good hands with the medical staff at Stoke and is aiming to break into their first team. "The medical team at Stoke is really good and their record in the Premier League is second to none.


"I've got to take it one step at a time, and the most important thing is to try to get into their first team first, which won't be easy because they've got a strong squad."

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Jonathan Woodgate
Stoke City
Premier League

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again