Jonathan Walters open to Stoke City exit

The Republic of Ireland international says that he is unaware of any concrete interest in his services, but remains open about his future at the Britannia Stadium
Jonathan Walters insists that he will not be content to simply sit on the bench and collect a wage at Stoke City.

The Republic of Ireland international has two years remaining on his contract but is aware that his position at the club may be under threat with the Potters bolstering their attacking options with the addition of Bojan Krkic from Barcelona and Mame Biram Diouf, who previously played for Hannover 96.

According to the Irish Times, the striker has been linked with Crystal Palace and West Bromich Albion, and the 30-year-old has admitted that he would consider his future at the Britannia if he was deemed surplus to requirements.

"I don’t want to be one of those players who just picks up his money and has it cushy," Walters told The Stoke Sentinel. "I’m at an age where I want to be playing and not be a bit-part player.

"We now have a huge squad and I’m pretty sure the club will want to get players out," continued Walters. "There will be speculation because I haven’t played as much and I see there have been rumours about myself and Peter Crouch.

"It’s not for me to consider, it’s for the club. But if the manager turns round and says we’ve got enough players and we are accepting an offer, what can you do? But there’s got to be an interest in the first place and I don’t know about that.

"As a player you are the last to know until you’re told you’re not in their plans. But nothing has been said to me. That’s for people higher up than me."

The former Ipswich Town striker, who joined Stoke in 2010, made 32 league appearances last season and explained that he is not "pushing" for a move, but stressed that he would not be content to serve as a back up player.

"I’ve been here four years and got two years left on my contract so I’m not pushing to do anything," continued Walters.

"But on the other hand, I can’t just sit back like a lot of other players can and just pick up the money from a contract which pays us a good living. If you’re not getting game time on the pitch, you’re not content."