Stoke manager Tony Pulis is delighted that the club have completed a £2.5m deal for American international Brek Shea.
The 22-year-old was granted a work permit after successfully appealing, allowing him to join the Potters from MLS outfit FC Dallas.
There were some doubts as to whether he would be granted clearance to play in England, having made only 15 senior international appearances.
However, the deal has now been concluded, and Pulis is happy have to have got his man:
“It’s fantastic news that we have been able to push through the deal,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.
Pulis went on to claim that Shea could develop into a key player for Stoke:
“Brek is a very, very exciting player, and one who we firmly believe could go on to become an outstanding player for this football club.”
“He has terrific pace, a very good left foot and is capable of scoring goals. He has all the tools needed to be a success here.”
Shea passed a medical with the club and reportedly trained with the squad today.
The move was held up by his work permit application, and the winger is relieved that he is now a Stoke player:
“It’s been up and down, trying to figure out what’s going on, but I’m here now and ready to go,” said Shea.
“It’s one of the best Leagues in the world, and I’m excited to be here and hopefully I can contribute.”
Unlike many professional American footballers, Shea did not attend college and was instead bumped into the MLS draft directly from High School due to his technical ability.
Dallas picked him up in 2008 and he went on to make almost 100 appearances for the Texans.