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Stoke manager Rowett wants willing players

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke City manager Gary Rowett says he only wants players who are willing to compete in the Championship.

He says he's seen sides get relegated to the Premier League with players who would rather not be there.

Gary Rowett

Joe Allen yesterday signed a four-year contract with the Potters to end any speculation surrounding his future.

You don't want to start the Championship season with five or six players that still think they should be in the Premier League and don't really want to be playing in the Championship

Gary RowettStoke City manager
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Joe Allen in action for Stoke City

Stoke City's Wales international midfielder Joe Allen signs a new four-year contract with the Championship club.

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BreakingJoe Allen signs new four-year deal with Stoke City

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Big news for Stoke City fans as the club's revealed midfielder and Welsh international Joe Allen's signed a new four-year contract with the club.

Joe Allen
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There'd been speculation about the 28-year-old's future after Stoke's relegation from the Premier League but he's now committed his future to the side until 2022.

Marc Navarro

Watford sign Spanish defender Marc Navarro from La Liga club Espanyol for an undisclosed fee.

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Fans urged to bring 'togetherness' for Stoke City

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke City fans can help their team back to the Premier League, according to new manager Gary Rowett.

A Stoke City fan with banner last season

Rowett, who has a big job on his hands rebuilding the team for the start of the Championship season, says everyone can play their part.

I don't think any team can ever achieve anything without a great spirit, without an affinity or a togetherness in the stadium. I also appreciate that the players have to earn that togetherness from the fans."

Gary RowettStoke City manager
Watford Football Club

Ex-Watford chairman Raffaele Riva is banned from English football after admitting to breaking EFL rules over a forged letter.

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Relegated players get chance to make amends

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke City manager Gary Rowett has told BBC Radio Stoke that he will give the players who got relegated a chance to atone for last season.

Gary Rowett
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The Potters are back in the Championship after ending their 10-year spell in the top tier.

Rowett has been linked to signing his former central defender Curtis Davis from Derby and Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle.

But he says he's been encouraged by the positive feedback that he's got from some of his own players.

Some of those players feel the responsibility to get the club back up so certainly my wishes are that I'd like those type of players to remain and to build some factors of the team around those types."

Gary RowettStoke City manager
Premier League trophy

Champions Manchester City will travel to Arsenal on the opening day of the new Premier League season.

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'Fantastic start' for Stoke City with new signings

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke City manager Gary Rowett says making two signings in the last week show the club "want to hit the ground running" next season.

Benik Afobe

The Potters have been relegated from the Premier League and will be looking to make an immediate return from the Championship.

Yesterday, they announced Benik Afobe had signed on a six-month loan deal from Wolves, following the transfer of Nigeria midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo on Monday.

I think it shows how quickly we want to hit the ground running and the type of players we want to bring to the club. Getting those two in the building is a fantastic start."

Gary RowettStoke City manager

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Benik Afobe in action for Wolves

Stoke City sign Benik Afobe from Wolves on a six-month loan deal, with an "obligation" to purchase him next January.

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