May 25, 2024

 

Transfer news and gossip on the first day of pre-season training at Stoke City

Frankie Fielding is one of the faces spotted as Stoke City players started reporting for pre-season today.

The 35-year-old goalkeeper joined Stoke in an injury emergency in late 2021 and has served as back-up and training partner to Joe Bursik and Jack Bonham. Stoke have taken up the option to extend Bonham’s contract by a year while a new deal was offered to Fielding – and Alex Neil remains on the hunt for a new number one.

There were three players offered contracts when Stoke announced their retained list and Lewis Macari has a short-term deal while Tom Curl has agreed to stay.

The opening couple of weeks of pre-season at least will be a huge opportunity for younger players such as defenders Macari and Curl to catch Neil’s eye. The under-21s will join the seniors for a week-long training camp in Spain starting on July 10.

Daniel Johnson two minutes away from Gold Cup shock

Stoke target Daniel Johnson and his Jamaica side were two minutes away from an opening match Gold Cup shock against hosts United States on Saturday night.

Damion Lowe had put Jamaica ahead in the 13th minute and Leon Bailey had a penalty saved by Matt Turner to miss a golden chance to make it 2-0. The US finally drew level in the 88th minute through Brandon Vazquez.

Playmaker Johnson, who is yet to announce publicly his intentions for next season, was used as a late substitute.

Jamaica are next in action on Thursday morning UK time against Trinidad and Tobago in St Louis before a final group game against Saint Kitts and Nevis in the early hours of next Monday.

Phil Bardsley hangs up his boots

Phil Bardsley has retired from playing at the age of 37.

The former Stoke defender, who turns 38 on Wednesday, had a surprise retirement party with family, friends and old teammates over the weekend having spent the second half of last season with Stockport County in League Two.

He was a part of the squad which eventually missed out on promotion via the play-offs – and donated all of the earnings from his contract to Stockport’s community trust.

It remains to be seen what he does next but he told Manchester Evening News after leaving Burnley last summer: “I would never say no to coaching or management but not at the minute. I think something that would give me more flexibility, I like going to watch football and analysing players so maybe a more recruitment type of role rather than on the grass. Some people adore being coaches and managers and you would have to try to see if you did, but not at the moment.”

Liverpool could hi-jack Collins deal

Another former Stoke defender, the youth graduate Nathan Collins, is on the verge of his third big summer move in a row.

He went from Stoke to Burnley in 2021, from Burnley to Wolves in 2022 and is now down the road of moving from Wolves to Brentford – except that Liverpool have emerged as a potential late bidder, according to the Irish Sun. Brentford have apparently offered £23m but Wolves want another £2m and Jurgen Klopp “is a fan and weighing up a late move”.

Playmaker Johnson, who is yet to announce publicly his intentions for next season, was used as a late substitute.

Jamaica are next in action on Thursday morning UK time against Trinidad and Tobago in St Louis before a final group game against Saint Kitts and Nevis in the early hours of next Monday.

Phil Bardsley hangs up his boots

Phil Bardsley has retired from playing at the age of 37.

The former Stoke defender, who turns 38 on Wednesday, had a surprise retirement party with family, friends and old teammates over the weekend having spent the second half of last season with Stockport County in League Two.

He was a part of the squad which eventually missed out on promotion via the play-offs – and donated all of the earnings from his contract to Stockport’s community trust.

It remains to be seen what he does next but he told Manchester Evening News after leaving Burnley last summer: “I would never say no to coaching or management but not at the minute. I think something that would give me more flexibility, I like going to watch football and analysing players so maybe a more recruitment type of role rather than on the grass. Some people adore being coaches and managers and you would have to try to see if you did, but not at the moment.”

Liverpool could hi-jack Collins deal

Another former Stoke defender, the youth graduate Nathan Collins, is on the verge of his third big summer move in a row.

He went from Stoke to Burnley in 2021, from Burnley to Wolves in 2022 and is now down the road of moving from Wolves to Brentford – except that Liverpool have emerged as a potential late bidder, according to the Irish Sun. Brentford have apparently offered £23m but Wolves want another £2m and Jurgen Klopp “is a fan and weighing up a late move”.

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