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Woodgate makes Stoke move

12th July 2011 - Chad Lazarus

Stoke City have completed the signing of Jonathan Woodgate on a free transfer after he was released by Tottenham Hotspur earlier this summer.

The 31-year-old defender has signed a one-year contract with the club in the hope that he can prove his fitness and put his recent injury problems behind him.

He will meet his new teammates later this week after they come back from their pre-season camp in Austria.

Speaking to Stoke City's official website, Tony Pulis said: "The lad is a top class player and it's been well documented that he has had his injury troubles, but we believe that if his fitness is managed properly, he will play games for us."

Pulis added that Woodgate has been effectively signed up on a pay-as-you-play basis, which demonstrates the defender's drive to regain his fitness.

Woodgate has played for a number of clubs in his career, including a spell at Real Madrid.  

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