Stoke make sixth summer signing

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Stoke City's manager says the team will benefit from the experience of new signing Stephen Ward.

The 33-year-old joins the Potters after spending the last three years playing in the Premier League with Burnley.

Ward has made more than 350 league and cup appearances with the likes of Brighton and Wolves, and also won 50 Ireland caps before calling time on his international career earlier this year.

He has become City's sixth signing in 24 hours, after the club confirmed the signings of Adam Davies, Liam Lindsay, Lee Gregory, Nick Powell and Jordan Cousins yesterday.

Ward has already been meeting his new team mates at their Clayton Wood training ground, as they report back for pre-season training.

Manager Nathan Jones told the club's official website: “He’s a wonderful player with great experience, not least because he has won the Championship title twice.

“I’ve worked with Stephen in the past when he was on loan at Brighton and I know that technically he’s very, very good.

“He’s slightly older than a player we might usually target but I feel we need to add certain characteristics to the changing room and Stephen brings those to the environment.”

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