Hughes reunion gives Ireland hope

03 September 2013 01:16

Stephen Ireland believes being reunited with Mark Hughes will revitalise his career.

Stoke manager Hughes has signed the midfielder on a season-long loan from Aston Villa, where he was failing to make any headway under boss Paul Lambert.

Hughes and Ireland previously worked together at Manchester City during the latter's time at the club from June 2008 to December 2009.

Speaking to the official Stoke website, Ireland said: "I had a great relationship with Mark at Manchester City and I was desperate to work with him and his staff again.

"Mark knows how I play and how to get the best out of me."

Following an £8million move from City three years ago, Ireland has made just 57 Villa appearances in all competitions.

Although 17 of those were under Lambert last season, Ireland has not figured since January and is now naturally desperate to play again.

"I just want to get a good run of games, which is something I haven't had for a while," added Ireland.

"I do feel as though I've something to prove and I'm coming here to get myself back playing.

"There are still lots of things I want to achieve. I've set myself a lot of goals and want to hit the ground running. I turned 27 last week and to me it's vital I'm playing on a regular basis.

Source: PA