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The Potters midfielder, who found his game time limited last season and was consequently loaned out to Championship side Barnsley, is eager to extend his playing career

Rory Delap is keen to carry on playing following his release by Stoke, even if it means dropping down the leagues.

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The 36-year-old, famed for his long throw-ins, is a free agent after six years at the Britannia Stadium, and only made one appearance for the club last season after spending time away on loan at Barnsley.

The former Republic of Ireland international had contemplated retiring from the game completely but his loan spell at Barnsley helped him rediscover his appetite for the game.

"I just want to keep playing, at least another year, there were thoughts, to be honest, while I was still at Stoke that I might possibly have to leave it this season," he told Sky Sports.

"But going to Barnsley I felt quite comfortable in the games I played in and that gave me a new impetus to play.

"Unfortunately I got an injury but that has cleared up now and hopefully someone will give me an opportunity to prove that I can play.

"I don't know what level that will be at. I felt good in the Championship and I have always said I don't mind dropping down the leagues. As long as I am playing, I am happy."

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