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I owe a lot to Pulis - Shawcross

Ryan Shawcross
Shawcross joined from Manchester United in August (Getty)

Ryan Shawcross has thanked manager Tony Pulis after a successful first season as a Stoke City player.

Shawcross told BBC Radio Stoke: "I was a nobody when I came here, but the manager took a gamble on me.

"The gaffer gave me a shirt and I managed to keep hold of it. Everything I've achieved is mainly down to him, I owe him a lot."

The 20-year-old was named as the club's young player of the year at an awards ceremony on Monday evening.

"In my wildest dreams I would never have thought that I could have achieved all I have this season and promotion to the Premier League would be the biggest achievement of all," he said.

The Potters will be promoted if they get at least a point against Leicester City at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.

"We've always wanted to keep it in our own hands and we've done that. With a good week's training and a full house at the Brit on Sunday we'll be fine."

see also
Ronaldo named player of the year
27 Apr 08 |  Football
Shawcross ties up 1m Stoke move
18 Jan 08 |  Stoke City
Shawcross gets international call
31 Jan 08 |  Stoke City
Shawcross receives October award
05 Nov 07 |  Stoke City

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