New Stoke City man Stephen Ireland is hoping that being reunited with old boss Mark Hughes can help him to revive his career.
The former Manchester City player has joined Stoke on a season-long loan from Aston Villa where he was informed he was not in Paul Lambert's plans for the current season.
Having not turned out for Villa's first team since January, Ireland sees this move as a way to prove himself after three unhappy years at Villa Park.
Arguably the best period of the 27-year-old's career was under Hughes at Manchester City and the two will now reunite for the coming season at the Britannia Stadium.
"I had a great relationship with Mark at Manchester City and I was desperate to work with him and his staff again," Ireland said.
"Mark knows how I play and how to get the best out of me.
"I do feel as though I've something to prove and I'm coming here to get myself back playing."
Since joining Aston Villa in 2010 Ireland has made 45 appearances for the Midlands side as well as a loan spell at Newcastle where he was barely used.
Ireland became the Potters' second deadline day signing adding to the acquisition of Austrian international Marko Arnautovic from Werder Bremen for a reported £2 million.
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