Ryan Shawcross

Position: Centre Back
Joined: 9th August 2007 [Permanent transfer 18th January 2008]
Fee: £1 million [rising to £2 million]
Total Stoke City Appearances: 321 [as at 08/08/15]
Goals: 22 [as at 08/08/15]
Career Path: Buckley Town, Flintshire Boys, Manchester United, Royal Antwerp (loan), Stoke City (loan), Stoke City

‘Captain Reliable’, Ryan Shawcross initially joined the club on loan in 2007 and scored on his debut in a 1-0 win at Ninian Park against Cardiff.

After just six months of the loan the deal was turned into a permanent contract for a fee of around £1 million.

He was an integral part of the promotion winning side despite missing some of the last games as Chris Riggott stepped in.

Shawcross was part of the team on the opening day of the club’s first Premier League campaign but after that lost his place to Ibrahima Sonko.

When he returned to the side he was defensively sound and a threat from set-pieces and Rory Delap’s long-throws. One goal from memory was the winner against Middleborough with a near-post run and glancing header.

On the opening day of the 2009-10 season Shawcross scored in a 2-1 win over newly-promoted Burnley.

Unfortunately that season was marred with an incident during the Arsenal match rather than his England call-up where he featured against Sweden.

Tony Pulis gave him the captains armband at the start of the 2010-11 season and it lead to him leading the Potters out in their first FA Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley.

The following season Shawcross featured in 49 of 56 matches after a good run to the Quarter-Finals of the Europa League.

Under Mark Hughes Shawcross has looked a gem at the back and enhanced his claims for another England call-up. He became the first Stoke player to reach 200 Premier League appearances and only missed one match of the 2013-14 season, which saw him win the ‘Player of the Year’ award.

In November 2014 at Anfield against Liverpool he lead Stoke out in his 300th club appearance and on New Years Day 2015 he scored the opening goal in a 1-1 draw with his former club Manchester United.

The 27-year old is contracted to the club until 2018 and suffered a two month injury layout for a persistent back problem in August 2015.