Peter Crouch can’t wait to repay Stoke for their faith in him with his performances on the pitch, with the striker poised to make his debut against Liverpool this weekend.
Crouch signed to Stoke for a reported £10 million fee on deadline day, and was a shock coup for the club as they aim for European glory this season.
And the 30-year-old said the reaction of the fans has delighted him, with their passion for the club and his arrival shining through from the second he signed the dotted line to join the Potters.
“It was crazy really, and I don't think I've seen anything quite like it before,” Crouch told the official Stoke website.
“It was like half one in the morning and there were still 800 to 1000 fans out there singing my name and that was really flattering to be honest.
“I'm very thankful for the welcome they gave me, and hopefully I can repay them out on the pitch now with performances, and goals. I will give absolutely everything I have got in every game I play in, that is for sure.”
Facing Liverpool will be a tough ask for Stoke, though the side are lucky enough to be playing in the fortress of Britannia Stadium.
But Crouch still isn’t underestimating his old side, and knows the Reds will be the strongest they’ve been in years with new signings to bolster the squad.
“There have been a lot of changes there, but they have settled in very well and they have started the season extremely well,” he said.
“The players all seem to have fitted in to the system Kenny Dalglish wants to play there and they look very dangerous going forward.
“Luis Suarez has been on fire, they have Andy Carroll there who is very talented, Craig Bellamy has just arrived from Manchester City, and I know Stewart Downing from England so they have some very good options.
“They have strengthened, but so have we. I mean, I look around our dressing room and we have some fantastic players in there as well.
“I know from being an opposing player that nobody enjoys coming here and playing against Stoke. It's always an incredibly hard game to play in, so we have the belief that we can win the game.”