Lawrence expected to leave Stoke

25 May 2010 12:11
Liam Lawrence is expected to leave Stoke City in the summer, although he has dismissed reports claiming that he has handed in a transfer request.He said quotes he gave to an Irish reporter about a possible move to Wolves were taken out of context. [LNB]"I explained to him that the manager [Tony Pulis] said if I wanted to leave for football reasons, he would help me out," the winger told BBC Radio Stoke. [LNB]"Suddenly I'm putting transfer requests in and that's not the case." [LNB]Lawrence, who made just 14 Premier League starts for the Potters last season, continued: "I want to play football for Stoke, but that's becoming increasingly less likely all the time. [LNB]"I've had meetings with the manager and expressed my feelings. The main reason I came to Stoke was to play regularly, and once I did that I was a good player.[LNB] I would hate to leave under a cloud, and if I stay, the supporters know that I'll give what I always give and that's 100% Liam Lawrence "But I feel as though I'm undermining myself and the club now because I'm not playing as regularly and I'm not the same player. [LNB]"I need to go somewhere else for a fresh start, get my head down again and play some football. [LNB]"I would hate to leave under a cloud, and if I stay, the supporters know that I'll give what I always give and that's 100%." [LNB]Lawrence joined Stoke on loan from Sunderland in November 2006, before signing a £500,000 permanent deal at the Britannia Stadium two months later.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] Wolves boss Mick McCarthy signed Lawrence whilst in charge of Sunderland, and Lawrence said he would be interested in linking up again with his former manager. [LNB]"I still speak to Mick now and again because he's a nice person and someone I've got a lot of respect for," he added. [LNB]"If something did happen with Wolves, I certainly wouldn't turn my nose up at it, but I'm not saying in any shape or form that I'm wanting to leave to Stoke for Wolves at this moment."

Source: BBC_Sport