Steven Fletcher Joins Stoke City After Being Released by Sheffield Wednesday

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Steven Fletcher has joined Stoke City after he was released by fellow Championship club Sheffield Wednesday earlier this summer.

Steven Fletcher Joins Stoke City

Vastly Experienced

The 33-year-old will bring a wealth of experience to a Stoke side who are looking to climb the Championship table in the 2020/21 season.

Fletcher has spent the last four years with Sheffield Wednesday. However, he has also enjoyed spells with Burnley, Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers in English football.

Last season was his best to date with the Owls, as he scored 13 goals in 30 appearances.

However, he rejected a new contract at Hillsborough, meaning he was released when his contract expired on June 30.

While he has never been the most prolific goalscorer – the most he has scored in a single season was 14 – he has been consistent in his role as a targetman.

In total, he has registered 152 career goals from 552 appearances.

What Was Said?

Speaking about his new signing to the official Stoke City website, manager Michael O’Neill said: “I’ve known Steven for a long time, since he first broke into the team at Hibernian. He’s a player I’ve always liked; I’ve watched his career with interest and wherever he has been he has done well and scored goals.

“I know how important he was to Sheffield Wednesday last season and it’s no coincidence that they had a difficult second half of the season when injury took Steven out of the team so I think it’s a really positive signing for us.”

Third Signing of the Summer

Fletcher joins former Wednesday team-mate Morgan Fox and James Chester in making a permanent move to the Bet365 Stadium.

Stoke will be looking to improve on their 2019/20 position next season. The Potters finished 15th in the Championship, after a steady second half of the season saw them move away from the relegation zone.

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