Fletcher Influenced By Hughes

New signing says discussions with Potters boss proved pivotal to switch…

DARREN FLETCHER says the opportunity of working under Mark Hughes proved too much a temptation to pass up after penning a two-year deal at the bet365 Stadium.

The Scotland international turned down the opportunity of prolonging his two and a half year stay at West Bromwich Albion in favour of linking up with the Potters.

Speaking shortly after completing the formalities of his move he revealed that Hughes was a major influence in his decision to make the short journey across the Midlands from the Hawthorns.

“Having spoken to the manager I have to admit that I was really impressed by everything he had to say to me,” Fletcher exclusively told Stoke City Player.

“I liked what was said in the discussions I had with him, his ideas and his philosophies – it is just a great new challenge for me.

“The gaffer was a fantastic player, and I have had the pleasure of working under some tremendous managers throughout my career, and Mark will be another one of those.

“He is an impressive man who has had a really impressive career in the game, and I am really looking forward to working under him every day.”

The 33-year-old says he is also looking forward to reacquainting himself with a number of familiar faces, having played alongside several members of Hughes’ current first-team squad.

“I grew up with Phil Bardsley in the youth team at United and I know Charlie Adam from international duty too,” he added.

“I know Ryan Shawcross and of course Saido Berahino as well, so there are plenty of lads that I will be familiar with inside the dressing room.

“There are a lot of good lads here, some really exciting players and I am really looking forward to working alongside them and performing with them on a daily basis.”