Stoke City's record signing Peter Crouch has said that the future of the Staffordshire club is bright, and that it's a great time to join the club as the Potters face their fourth season in the Barclays Premier League.
The England striker joined the club in the nick of time for £10 million, and added that he hoped he could repay the huge amount of faith Tony Pulis has placed on the England striker.
Crouch said: "The future is bright for Stoke. There are a lot of good players here, it has been a stable Premier League club for a few years now, it has excellent backing from the Chairman and it's top class supporters, so it's a great time to be part of the club.
"As you can see from the other signings which have been made recently, the club is really moving in the right direction and looking to do big things now. The manager has worked extremely hard to get me here. He has got a hell of a lot of faith and belief in me, so hopefully I can repay that faith.
"The Champions League was a fantastic experience last season, and hopefully I can bring some of that experience to this club in the Europa League. There are some big games coming up in the next few weeks, so I am really excited by this new challenge in my career and am looking forward to it."
The 30-year-old also spoke about his former Tottenham Hotspur team-mate, Jonathan Woodgate, who signed this summer and had a big influence on Crouch's decision to join.
"Woody was on the phone every hour trying to persuade me to come here," Crouch continued.
"He only had great things to say about the club and that was a major factor in me coming here. He spoke in glowing terms about the club and the manager. I'm looking forward to linking up with him again and a number of other players who have been team-mates at other clubs including Wilson of course."
Tony Pulis was full of praise for the forward, who's experience he was keen to secure for Stoke's debut campaign in Europe.
"Peter has an excellent goalscoring record at the highest level. His goals-per-games ratio for England is remarkable and he scored seven goals in 10 Champions League games for Tottenham last season which gives you an idea of his pedigree," concluded the manager.