Stoke City have signed Darren Fletcher from West Brom

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Stoke have signed midfielder Darren Fletcher on a free transfer from West Brom on a two-year deal.

The 33-year-old Scotland captain made 97 appearances for the Baggies after joining from Manchester United in 2015.

“This is a new challenge for me now and I like to think I respond well to new challenges,”Fletcher told Stoke’s website.

Fletcher will officially join Mark Hughes’ side on 1 July when his contract at The Hawthorns expires.

The Scottish midfielder recovered from a chronic bowel disease, ulcerative colitis to resume his career in December 2013, made 342 appearances for United but he managed to start only mere 5 times for the Red Devils after Louis van Gaal took over as manager in 2014.

He was allowed a free transfer to join West Brom and was handed the captaincy by West Brom manager, Tony Pulis as he thought that the ex-United man was perfect for the job at his club.

The former United midfield thought that it was the right time to move on for a new challenge and Stoke manager Mark Hughes offered him a good deal with a 2 year contract and an option for the 3rd. Fletcher fancied a move elsewhere and is looking to add a new chapter to his playing career. So he liked Stoke’s offer and also felt nice after speaking to the Potters’ manager Mark Hughes.

Things went well for the Scott in West Brom as they transformed from a relegation battling side to finishing in the top 10 this season. Things were all set for him, it seemed like starting a new home for him at the Hawthorns.

“All that goodwill at West Brom, I could have maybe carried it on for a few more years and it would have maybe been an easier option to do that but I am almost starting afresh at Stoke. It is a brand new challenge and I’ve got to go and prove myself all over again.”

Fletcher said in an interview. According to him he has made a risky move to the Potters, because life at West Brom was nice.

He also added, “It was nothing against West Brom. I just felt it was the right time to move on take on a new challenge.”