Everton news: Stoke City sign Ashley Williams on season-long loan deal from Merseyside club

Wales captain became latest addition to Gary Rowett’s Championship promotion-chasing Potters squad

ASHLEY WILLIAMS has joined Stoke City on a season-long loan deal from Everton to become the Potters’ sixth summer
signing.

Gary Rowett made his move for the 33-year-old Wales captain after Aston Villa played hardball to rejected his attempts to
sign top target James Chester.

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Now, having failed to land one Wales defender, Rowett has turned to Chester’s 79-times-capped international teammate
Williams to bolster his backline.

However Williams revealed it took a little bit of persuasion from another determined Dragon to convince him to drop down from the Prem.

He confessed: “Joe Allen is one of my best friends, we speak most days and the fact that he’s a Stoke player was one of
the reasons why I wanted to come here.

“We’ve spoken a lot over the last couple of days and he’s told me all about the Club and how it works and what I can expect

“Joe’s decision to sign a new contract earlier this summer was obviously a big thing for the Club and it showed how serious
Stoke are about getting back into the Premier League.”

Manager Gary Rowett said: “We have two very good senior central defenders in Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi
but I felt it was important we brought in another experienced player to add to the competition for places.

“Having spoken to Ashley he feels like he has a point to prove and has a real hunger. He knows many of our players, knows
what we’re all about as a club and will fit straight in to our culture.

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“He has gone for big money in the past and had a fantastic a career so far and experience in that position can be key
because it can help you read the game.”

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