Stoke City's new signing Cameron Jerome is looking forward to the exciting challenge of playing for a team on the up after joining from recently relegated Birmingham City.
Jerome, who was bought for a reported £4 million, has been signed alongside Tottenham Hotspur striker Peter Crouch to add some punch to Stoke's strike force.
The 25-year-old said: "When you see players like Peter joining the club, you soon realise the ambition of the manager and the Chairman, and I soon decided I wanted to be a part of that
"These are exciting times at Stoke and it's a massive thing to be part of that. I am really delighted that I have signed and I am looking forward to the challenge facing me here.
"The most important thing from my point of view was getting back into the Premier League but another key factor was European football which will be a new experience for me."
"You need three or four top strikers at this level, especially with a lot of games and a lot of football to be played, so I am sure there will be opportunities for me and it is up to me to make the most of them. I've got confidence in my own ability to do that.”
Jerome is hoping to shake off the rust of missing much of the summer through injury, and hopes to be ready to dive back into Barclays Premier League football as soon as possible.
He continued: "My first priority is to build up my match fitness. I've missed a lot of pre-season training and the early season matches, so I have a bit of catching up to do. But once I've done that, then it's up to me to show the manager what I can do. It's a challenge I'm relishing.”
The former England Under 21 international has scored six goals in four appearances at the Britannia Stadium when visiting in the past, and is hoping to continue this form but to the home team's advantage from now on.
He explained: “You get certain teams and grounds where you do well and it just so happens that one of mine is the Britannia Stadium, so I hope it remains a good place now that I am a Stoke player rather than an opponent.
"I'm looking forward to playing here for the home team rather than the opposition. Having seen it from an opposition point of view, I know that it is a difficult place to play."
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