Stoke City have completed the signing of Michael Kightly from Wolves for an undisclosed fee.
The midfielder has called time on a five-year stay at Molineux after putting pen to paper to become the Potters second summer signing, following the transfer of Jamie Ness.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis is delighted to have a player of Kightly's calibre at the Britannia Stadium and feels the 26-year-old will provide excellent competition for winger slots in his first-team.
“There is nothing better than to have strong competition in all areas of the squad and Michael’s arrival will give us that in the wide positions,” Pulis told the club's official website.
“I’ve long been an admirer of Michael, not only in terms of him being a provider, but also the fact that he gets his share of goals.
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“Our two wingers, Matthew Etherington and Jermaine Pennant, have been brilliant for this football club over the past few years, but they went off the boil in terms of goalscoring last season, so we wanted to address that.
“Competition for places will bring the best out of them again and that is what Michael’s presence will give us in that area.”
The former England Under-21 international was pleased to be offered a return to the Premier League with the Potters after being relegated with Wolves last season.
He believes Stoke are a club on the rise and is determined to help the team become a force in the top flight.
“It’s a great club; an established Premier League club, so I am delighted to be here,” Kightly added.
“Any footballer wants to play at the highest level and I am grateful to Stoke for giving me the chance to stay in the Premier League.
“The club sold itself to me. What they have achieved over the past few years has been remarkable. Then there’s the excellent facilities and, of course, the supporters. So, it’s definitely a club that is moving in the right direction.”