I want to stay at Stoke - Griffin

24 September 2009 07:53
Stoke City defender Andy Griffin says he will fight for his place in the team and will not become a Potters outcast. The 30-year-old full-back has found opportunities limited after a spat with team-mate Ricardo Fuller at West Ham at the end of December. The club's former captain has not started a Premier League game since that incident but insists he has not given up hope of another opportunity. Griffin told BBC Radio Stoke: "I still believe I've got something to offer." The ex-Newcastle, Portsmouth and Derby defender has only started two games for the Potters in the last nine months, both of those in the Carling Cup. The most recent was Tuesday night's 4-3 win over Blackpool where he scored the winner in the sixth minute of stoppage time. "I'm willing to fight for my place, I don't want to leave. I have to show the right attitude and when given the opportunity do my best," he said. "I like to think I've been patient and I have to prove to the manager I have the hunger and desire." The defender began his career with Stoke before moving to the North East to play for Newcastle in a deal worth £1.5m and after six years at St James' Park he joined Portsmouth on a free transfer. Griffin then spent eight months on loan at the Britannia Stadium before deciding to sign for Derby County in the summer of 2007. That move was short-lived and the defender returned to Stoke for a third time in 2008 for £300,000.

Source: BBC_Sport