Defender, Ciaran Clark has joined Stoke City on a free transfer.
Clark has been without a club since he left Newcastle in July following the expiration of his contract, but has now signed a single-season deal with Stoke until June 2024.
“I’ve missed the feeling of being in the dressing room and preparing week-to-week for Saturdays,” commented Clark, who will be reunited with Dwight Gayle, Daniel Johnson and Enda Stevens of whom he have played with at previous clubs.
“I worked hard throughout pre-season and have kept myself in good shape since, so I am keen to get out there with the lads over the next couple of weeks, as the feeling of those sessions is something you can’t replicate alone.
“With the quality of players we have, if we find some consistency, I believe we can go on and have a good season.”
Stoke’s Technical Director, Ricky Martin added: “Ciaran’s vast experience and understanding of how to be successful in the Championship make him a valuable addition to our squad.
“He gives us the cover we need at the back but, more than that, he’s a left-footed central defender which is a commodity in itself, as well as possessing all the pedigree and background to be a leader and cultural architect within our group.
“Ciaran has two weeks to train and acclimatise prior to our next block of Championship fixtures and we’ll be working hard to help him get up to speed as quickly and effectively as possible.”
Clarke has previously played for Aston Villa and Newcastle, during which he spent last season on loan at Sheffield United, and has won promotion from the Championship to the Premier League with the latter two clubs.
The 34 year-old could make his debut for Stoke at home to Sunderland on Saturday 21 October in a 3pm BST kick-off.