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Benik Afobe: Gary Rowett convinced me to join Stoke City

DR Congo striker Benik Afobe says manager Gary Rowett convinced him to swap the chance of playing Premier League football with Wolverhampton

13/06/2018 - 12:30 -

Benik Afobe

DR Congo striker Benik Afobe says manager Gary Rowett convinced him to swap the chance of playing Premier League football with Wolverhampton Wanderers for another EFL Championship season, this time with Stoke City.

Afobe spent the second half of last season on loan at Wolves from Bournemouth and helped the ‘Old Gold’ win the EFL Championship and secure promotion to the Premier League.

He then signed a permanent deal at Molineaux Stadium, only to transfer 11 days later to the Potters on an initial six-month loan move. In January 2019, Stoke will be obliged to complete his signing on a permanent basis.

Swapping Premier League football for another Championship season may seem strange, but the DRC attacker explained that the ambition showed by Rowett convinced him to join the Potters.

“The manager is probably the main reason why I’m signing, to be honest. He’s very ambitious; he’s got a project going on here and I want to be a big part of it,” he told Stoke-on-TrentLive.

“What he told me made me feel very comfortable – I believe in what he is trying to achieve and I want to help us get back where we belong.

“The manager clearly believes in me and that’s something that every player wants. I’m hoping I can repay him by scoring some goals and helping the team win games.

“I want to score goals. I work hard and like to run in behind and link up with my teammates and bring other players into the game. I don’t want to big myself up too much – I just want to meet my teammates, get pre-season done and get started next season.

“I’ve played a few years in the Championship, even though I’m only 25, but I still feel as though I’ve got much more to offer.

“What Stoke are offering me and what I can hopefully offer the club is a great balance and I think we can do something great.”

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