Kitson ready for Potters battle

Former Reading star Dave Kitson still believes he has a future at Stoke City even though he has been sent out on loan to Middlesbrough.

The 29-year-old has found the net only three times in 29 appearances for Tony Pulis' side since joining the Potters in a £5.5million switch.

However, he has no intention of moving to the Riverside Stadium on a permanent basis, saying of his temporary spell on Teesside:"It's an opportunity to play half-a-dozen games to get my match fitness back up and then get back to Stoke to try to force my way back in there.

"Am I flexible on staying with Boro? No, not really. It's six weeks and I'll try 100 per cent to do my very, very best to leave them in a good situation, but I signed a contract at Stoke and my aim is to get back in their first team.

"I thought I'd done it at the start of the season and I'll try to do it again.

"There are reasons now why a permanent deal would be very, very difficult. It would affect more people than me and that's not fair.

"My family's carved out its own life away from football. My wife has a very good job in London she's worked really hard to get, and it wouldn't be fair for her to leave at this stage.

"This would be a fantastic club to come to, but my ties are such that it would make it difficult, if not unfair, to come for more than six weeks."

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