Kemp hails 'big plus' Carew

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Stoke assistant manager Dave Kemp feels the club's relationship with John Carew is like "a good match," but whether it becomes permanent this summer remains to be seen.

The 31-year-old Norway striker could not be happier with life at the Britannia Stadium since his loan move from Aston Villa, claiming earlier this week how he has been made to feel "unbelievably welcome" and "at home" by everyone at Stoke.

In turn, manager Tony Pulis and Kemp are firm fans of Carew, with the latter stating: "He has been a great addition to the squad. He is a big plus as he has made a big impact and hopefully he will continue doing that."

He added: "John has a good personality, so he's been a good character around the place.

"He is a bubbly type of character, and as his performances have been superb, we're very pleased he is here.

"He is actually a very pleasant person to be around. His cup is always half full, and that demeanour helps around the football club.

"The fact he is also a top-notch player helps even more, so he has certainly added something to our squad, with his performances a major plus."

Kemp would like to believe Carew's positivity is rubbing off on the other players, adding: "That's what you want.

"You want people who are 100% behind the programme and who are going to give it their all, and John certainly does that."

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