I rejected offers from Europe to stay at Stoke, says Nash

The veteran goalkeeper has claimed he spurned deals from abroad in order to sign a one-year extension and is hopeful of breaking into the Potters first team next term

Stoke City goalkeeper Carlo Nash has revealed he rejected the chance to move abroad in order to pen a new one-year deal with the club.

The 38-year-old is currently third in the pecking order behind Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen for the Potters and failed to make a single competitive appearance last season.

However, he insists he is happy at the Britannia Stadium and cited the Staffordshire outfit's supporters as one of the reasons he chose to stay.

The veteran told the Sentinel, “I had a few possible alternatives to move abroad, but they weren't quite right for me.”

"In the forefront of my mind I wanted to go somewhere where I'd be playing more, but it didn't materialise in the end.

"I'm settled here and love the club, everything about the place, and the fans are great, so I'm certainly happy here."

Nash also expressed his hope that he might force his way into Tony Pulis' first-team plans next term, or find a loan club.

"I'm still hoping I'm going to get a look in, I still live in hope, but obviously that depends on injuries,” he continued.

"If there was a chance of going out on loan and it was right for both parties, I'd love to do that, but that depends on whether the gaffer thinks it's feasible.

"I've said before that I want to play on for as long as I can and so I will carry on working hard in training so that I'm ready to step in if needed."