Wilkinson warns team-mates

13 March 2009 02:27
Stoke City defender Andy Wilkinson has vowed not to give up his regular starting berth without a fight.[LNB] Wilkinson has impressed for the Potters of late after being called upon by manager Tony Pulis.[LNB]In January, the 24-year-old signed a new contract with his boyhood club, and Wilkinson is hopeful he will be a permanent fixture at the Britannia Stadium for seasons to come.[LNB]He said: "I made my debut for Stoke in 2001, so it's fair to say it has taken a long time for me to make my mark.[LNB]Battle"But I've just kept my head down, kept learning off the senior players and remained focused on what I wanted to do.[LNB]"My aim was always to play regularly for Stoke City because this is my local team and I love it here.[LNB]"To play in the top flight for Stoke makes it extra special and having to fight so hard for my place is not a problem to me.[LNB]"I finally got my big chance when Andy Griffin got injured and I'm relishing the battle for my position. I'm winning that battle at the moment and it feels great."[LNB]

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