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Striker Kitson regrets Stoke move

Dave Kitson
Kitson left Reading for Stoke in the summer for 5.5m

Striker Dave Kitson has admitted leaving Reading to join Stoke City was the wrong decision.

Kitson has returned to the Royals on loan for the rest of the season, having signed for the Potters in the summer.

"What I needed was a club where I felt wanted, which is what I already had, and a family which was happy, which I already had," he told BBC Berkshire.

"I threw all of that away for what I thought was going to be a new challenge. It was the wrong decision."

The 29-year-old added: "That was my fault and so I'm just delighted to be back and hopefully I can get all of that back in place."

Kitson said he hopes the Reading supporters will put his summer departure behind them.

They're lovely people up there and for them I hope Stoke stay in the Premier League

Dave Kitson

"Some of the fans were a bit miffed when I left but the club got great money for me.

"When Steve Sidwell and Nicky Shorey went, and then Glen [Little] and myself, I just felt that team had one or two years in it. It was a shame to see it break up prematurely.

"I felt at the time we should still have been in the Premier League and I was angry that for whatever reason it wasn't.

"With Glen and me coming back, hopefully it'll kick us on and get us back up there - I still feel that's where we belong."

Kitson made just 18 appearances for Stoke in all competitions and failed to score.

"I was more bemused with the situation. I'd been bought for a lot of money but I wasn't sure I was being utilised in the way I thought I was going to be," he added.

"You do have some days at training when you go back in and wonder what you're doing there.


"But I hold my hands up - it was my fault. I made the decision to go to Stoke, I didn't have to, no-one forced me to go, and it was a bad decision.

"I could have been part of the squad that got us back up again and hopefully stay in the Premier League and I chose not to be a part of that."

Kitson is hoping to be involved this weekend for the match at home against Ipswich Town but is not worrying too much about the long-term future.

"You need the man who holds the purse strings [to make the decision about staying at Reading]. It would be nice but the job in hand is to get back into the Premier League.

"Steve Coppell put the question to Stoke and I think he was surprised they were willing to do something.

"I begged them to do it and I'm grateful to Stoke for allowing me to come back."

But Kitson told BBC Radio Stoke that he would be willing to return to the Britannia Stadium if his return to Reading is not made permanent.

"I'm only on loan and I may well get the opportunity to go back to Stoke. If that's the case, we'll try to do the best we can again.

"I'm not going to blame the manager or the other players or anyone else.

"The fans were fantastic to me and I never had one negative comment from them. They're lovely people up there and for them I hope Stoke stay in the Premier League.

"I've played at all the Premier League grounds but the first time I stepped out at the Britannia Stadium the hairs went up on the back of my neck.

"It's no coincidence that a lot of big teams have gone there and lost.

"Stoke's home form is spot on at the moment and I think that will be enough to keep them in the Premier League."

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