ESPN understands that Stephen Ireland has penned a new deal with Stoke City.
The thirty-one year old’s previous deal was set to expire in January though he has extended his stay until the end of the current campaign, despite not featuring in a single Premier League squad for over eighteen months.
In fact, he hasn’t played at all since the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at the end of the 2015/16 campaign – his sixty-fifth appearance for the club in all competitions.
Prior to his move to the Potters Ireland had three seasons with Aston Villa having began his career at Manchester City, while he has also turned out on loan for Newcastle United.
He was capped six times for the Republic of Ireland, scoring four goals but hasn’t featured for them in over a decade.
Stoke are priced at 13/10 to beat fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion at the Bet 365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
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