Robert Huth signs Stoke City contract extension until 2016

Stoke City defender Robert Huth signs new three-year deal to keep him at the Britannia Stadium until 2016

Robert Huth has signed a three-year contract extension at Stoke City to keep him at the club until 2016.

The 27-year-old German defender moved to the Britannia Stadium from Middlesbrough in 2009 for what was then a club record £6m transfer.

The centre-half, who has made 130 appearances in total, scoring 17 goals, still had another year to run on his previous contract, but City were “eager” to tie him to a longer term deal before the new campaign.

“I am delighted that it has all been sorted out before the start of the season,” said Huth.

“I’ve had a fantastic time here, the best three years of my career. It’s been great to play a big part in the club’s progress over that period, but also to gain some personal recognition with the Player of Year awards which I won at the end of the last two seasons.

“I have ambitions in the game and I am relishing the chance to achieve them here at this football club, so I can’t wait for the new season to come around.”

Manager Tony Pulis added: “Huthy stands out as one of the best signings this club has made since we were promoted to the Premier League, so it’s fantastic news that he is staying put for the long term.

“It’s a massive boost for us all and I know our supporters will be especially pleased because they have really taken to him since he joined us. They love the committed way he approaches the game and that is one of his many attributes.”

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