Football: Super sub Crouch extends Stoke contract

Stoke striker Peter Crouch has signed a one-year contract extension with the Premier League side, the team said on Nov 28, 2017.
Stoke striker Peter Crouch has signed a one-year contract extension with the Premier League side, the team said on Nov 28, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Stoke striker Peter Crouch's habit of scoring crucial goals from the bench has earned him a one-year contract extension, the English Premier League football club said on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old, who has not started a league match this season but is Stoke's leading scorer with four goals in all competitions, has made a Premier League record 144 substitute appearances in his long career.

"The talismanic striker has agreed a one-year contract extension, committing him to the Potters until at least the summer of 2019," Stoke said on their website(www.stokecityfc.com).

Crouch, who joined Stoke for a then club record £10 million (S$17.9 million) fee in 2011 from Tottenham, has scored 43 Premier League goals for the club and 58 in total.

The lanky former England forward's goals have earned Stoke five of their 13 points this season, helping secure victory over Southampton and draws against West Bromwich Albion and Leicester.

"He still has so much to offer us," Stoke manager Mark Hughes said. "He may be 36 but he continues to have a major impact on games, as he has proved on numerous occasions this season."