Stoke City have made one of the first signings of the summer by swooping for Darren Fletcher on a free transfer.
Fletcher made an appearance in every game last season for Tony Pulis’ West Brom side. Fletcher chipped in with 2 goals and 3 assists and proved a key component in the Baggies’ side.
Word began to break that Darren Fletcher had not signed a new contract with West Brom. It didn’t take long for interest to garner.
Fletcher, a former Manchester United footballer, is now set to link up with another former red, Mark Hughes.
The Scottish captain will be a nice addition to an already talented Stoke City midfield. A proven leader, Fletcher was the captain of his West Brom side prior to his departure.
In a statement on Stoke City’s club website, Fletcher addressed his decision.
“This is a fantastic Club with a top manager and a great group of players and I am really looking forward to this opportunity.
“I loved every moment of my time at West Bromwich Albion and I loved every moment of my time with Manchester United, but this is a new challenge for me now, and I like to think I respond well to new challenges.”
West Brom fans are sure to be disappointed at the loss of one of their key players. Fletcher held experience the likes of which no other player in their side does.
Fletcher’s previous transfer, which was to West Brom in 2015, was also a free transfer after he was deemed surplus to requirements by then Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal after twelve years at Old Trafford.
Fletcher will officially sign for Stoke City on July 1st when his contract with West Brom ends. At 33 years of age, he is by no means a young player, however, he is most certainly still a player of quality, and Stoke will be very happy with this piece of business.