Darren Fletcher begins life at Stoke City

Former Manchester United midfielder has left West Brom

BY Raf Diallo 21:41 Thursday 1 June 2017, 21:41 1 Jun 2017

West Bromwich Albion's Darren Fletcher warming up in a Kick It Out T-shirt prior to the match. Dave Howarth/PA Archive/PA Images

Stoke City have signed Darren Fletcher from West Brom on a free transfer.

He has signed a two year contract after his deal at the Hawthorns expired.

The Scotland midfielder has been a regular starter for Albion over the past two years, and was made captain by head coach Tony Pulis.

Fletcher cited his new Stoke manager Mark Hughes as a key factor in his decision to move.

"I liked what was said in the discussions I had with him, his ideas and his philosophies - it is just a great new challenge for me," he said.

"The gaffer was a fantastic player, and I have had the pleasure of working under some tremendous managers throughout my career, and Mark will be another one of those.

"He is an impressive man who has had a really impressive career in the game, and I am really looking forward to working under him every day."

He also cited international team-mates like Charlie Adam and ex-United defenders Ryan Shawcross and Phil Bardsley as players he knew personally prior to the move, as well as Saido Berahino who he played with at West Brom.

Off The Ball


The very best bits of Off The Ball delivered every week