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Simonsen happy with Potters

29 May 2009 - 08:32:17

Back-up goalkeeper Steve Simonsen says he is content to stay with Stoke City despite a lack of first-team opportunities.

The 30-year-old made just eight starts in the season just ended, with Thomas Sorensen enjoying a fine first campaign with the Potters.

However, Simonsen told BBC Radio Stoke: "Thomas has had a brilliant season and has deserved his place on the showings he's given.

"I would like to have played a bigger part. But I adore the football club and I'm more than happy to remain at the club and fight for a place.

"I've got a year left on my contract and we'll see what happens next season.

"Whether the manager wants me to stay or not, I don't know, we'll discuss that in due course. But there's no reason for me to want to leave."

Meanwhile City chairman Peter Coates has admitted that his club made errors in the transfer market ahead of their return to the English top-flight.

He told The Sentinel: "What was difficult at the start of the season was getting players in.

"In that regard we probably didn't do as well as we normally do, but I understand the circumstances and the reasons.

"We had to operate knowing we couldn't use the loan system we had used so well in the past. Therefore, we had to have a sufficient number of players in the squad to compensate."


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