New deal talks for Etherington

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has confirmed that Matthew Etherington is close to penning a new contract at the Britannia Stadium.

The former West Ham United star enjoyed a fine 2009-10 campaign and was voted player-of-the-year, prompting the Potters to open negotiations about a new deal.

Etherington, who still has two years left of his current Stoke deal, has scored seven goals in 52 appearances during his 18-month stay with City.

Pulis told the Sentinel:"Matty and his agent have just had another meeting with (chief executive) Tony Scholes and from what I hear they're definitely getting closer.

"I'm obviously hopeful they can tie up the loose ends because I'm sure Matty just wants to get back to doing what he does best.

"Not that I think any of this would have any effect on Matty's commitment or anything. He's a great lad and you only have to look at his performances to see how well he's done for this football club."

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