Andy Wilkinson

Position: Right Back
Joined: Academy Graduate
Fee: n/a
Total Appearances: 194 [as at 08/08/15]
Goals: 0 [as at 08/08/15]
Career Path: Stoke City, Telford United (loan), Partick Thistle (loan) Shrewsbury Town (loan), Blackpool (loan), Millwall (loan).

Andy Wilkinson is born and bred in the Potteries, growing up in Stone. The 30-year-old signed his first professional contract at the club in 2001.

Wilkinson made his Stoke debut in the Football League Trophy against Blackpool on October 16 2001. Unfortunately he missed the whole of the entire 2002-03 season through injury.

In the 2004-05 season he was loaned to Partick Thistle in the Scottish First Division where he scored his only career goal. After a loan spell to Blackpool in 2006-07 a bid of £150,000 was rejected.

Fellow local lad Carl Dickinson and himself were integral to Stoke’s promotion side in 2007-08.

‘Wilko’ has seen his fair share of red cards at the club, two of which were controversial incidents, one against Manchester United in December 2008 for kicking out at Ronaldo and the other for two fouls on Aruna Dindane at Fratton Park.

In September 2010 he made his 100th senior appearance and then made his 100th league appearance for the Potters in April 2011. He featured in both the FA Cup Semi-Final and Final and then was featured throughout Stoke’s Europa League campaign.

In the 2012-13 he lost his place at right-back to Geoff Cameron following suspension but would soon regain a place, yet at left-back after Marc Wilson broke his leg. He then made his 150th league appearance against Newcastle in that season.

After Mark Hughes’ appointment Wilkinson fell down the pecking order. Despite that he was offered a new contract, which runs out this summer. He has recently returned from a loan spell at Millwall where he played nine times and of course, was sent off.

‘Wilko’ was released by the club in June 2015 but by 29th July 2015, Stoke announced that the club had re-signed the 30 year old on a short-term deal to help him recover from an injury; what a gesture!