Griffin joins Reading on loan as Stoke's forgotten man seeks first-team football

12 January 2010 11:06
Fresh start: Griffin can kick-start his career[LNB]Reading have signed Stoke defender Andy Griffin on loan until the end of the season. [LNB]The 30-year-old is hoping for more first-team opportunities having been restricted to just three Carling Cup appearances for the Potters this term.   [LNB]Griffin, who skippered Stoke to promotion from the Championship in 2008, has not figured in the Premier League for almost a year.   [LNB]Stoke boss Tony Pulis said: 'There is a lot of competition for places in the squad and Andy is obviously desperate to play first-team football.  [LNB]'A move to Reading is a great opportunity for him to go out and play regularly in the Championship.'[LNB] Stoke make move for former Manchester United hitman Ruud van NistelrooyTHE INSIDER: Hugo no go as Stoke look set to miss out on Rodallega and Victor Moses close to Manchester City move as Vladimir Weiss heads for the exitJANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW 2010: All moves at every Premier League clubStoke line-up £1m Zaki deal and Marseille make Elmander enquirySTOKE CITY FC

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