Stoke to gamble on Etherington

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  • Saturday, 10 Jan 2009

STOKE: Matthew Etherington is set to make his Stoke debut today against Liverpool after joining from West Ham on a 3½-year deal.

Manager Tony Pulis hopes the winger will help Stoke stay in the Premier League with the club currently in the relegation zone.

The 27-year-old Etherington was keen to make a fresh start after being troubled by gambling problems and Pulis said Stoke can get him “back to his best.’’

“I think Matthew feels it is right to get out of London and start again — perhaps we can give him the love and care he has not had for a while,’’ Pulis said on Thursday. “We are not at Crufts, we are at Battersea Dogs Home. We are looking for strays. We are looking for people who have gone astray with the aim of bringing them back.’’ — AP

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