Jamaican international Ricardo Fuller could call it quits on a
six-year career for English Premier League club Stoke City after being
frustrated with a lack of first-team action in recent times.
The forward, who will be out of a contract come the summer,
has reportedly been offered a one-year extension by the club but is yet
to put ink to paper regarding a new deal. Fuller, a cult hero at the
club, has fallen down the pecking order at the Brittania Stadium in
recent times, with manager Tony Pulis opting for strikers Jonathan
Walters, Peter Crouch, Kenwyne Jones and Cameron Jerome, all ahead of
the Jamaica. In fact, in nine appearances the striker has started just
once, and that ended prematurely, having been sent off after 27 minutes
against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The player had been previously
sidelined for several months after sustaining and Achilles tendon
injury last season.
Pulis had recently expressed a desire to see the forward remain
with the club, and while currently uncertain of the forward’s future,
however, had high commendations for the 32-year-old Jamaican, who joined
the club for £500,000 in 2006.
“Whatever happens with Ric, he has been one of the best players to
have ever represented the club,” Pullis told English publication (mirrorfootball.co.uk).
A number of the clubs are reportedly interested in employing the
services of the Jamaican, who was rumoured to be leaving the Potters
during the January transfer window. Among the clubs interested are said
to be Wigan, who seem to be headed for English Premier League safety,
and Championship teams Cardiff and Ipswich. In 205 appearances for the
Potters, Fuller has scored 50 goals
and was a crucial part of their 2006 campaign, which saw
the club return to top-flight
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