Star set to sign

Stoke City

Stoke defender Jonathan Woodgate is in line for a new 12-month deal after proving his fitness and resurrecting his career at the club.

It was seen as something of a gamble when Potters boss Tony Pulis snapped Woodgate up on a free transfer from Tottenham last summer but it has turned out to be a masterstroke.

The 32-year-old made just four appearances in two seasons at White Hart Lane but he has stayed injury free at the Britannia Stadium, making 21 League and Cup appearances for the Potters.

The defender has to make 20 League appearances to activate a clause in his contract entitling him to another 12 months and he is willing to play anywhere to help the team.

With Robert Huth, Ryan Shawcross and Matthew Upson all at the club, the battle for a place in central defence is hot, but Woodgate could get a chance at right-back as Andy Wilkinson struggles with a hamstring problem.

“I’m not a right-back, but I like playing there,” the former Leeds man told the Sentinal. “I’ll do a job for the team and try my hardest for them like every other player does.”