New signing Marc Wilson admits it did not take much persuasion from manager Tony Pulis to join Stoke on transfer deadline day as he was desperate for a Barclays Premier League return.
Having been relegated with Portsmouth last season the 23-year-old utility player was forced to consider his future and when the Potters expressed an interest he leapt at the chance.
“I was impressed with what Tony had to say from the start,” said Wilson.
“He was very positive and it didn’t take me long to make my mind up.
“I’d heard West Ham were interested, but I didn’t speak to anyone there.
“This is a great club and I couldn’t wait to come back to the Premier League because it is every player’s ambition to be in the top flight.
“I had a taste of the Premier League last season and I wanted to get back there as soon as possible.
“Leaving Portsmouth was difficult because I’ve been there for so long, but I wish them well and my aim now is to do my best for Stoke.”
Wilson joined on the same day as former Barcelona and Chelsea forward Eidur Gudjohnsen and ex-Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant as Pulis bolstered his squad.
But the competition for places does not worry the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international.
“Obviously Eidur and Jermaine are top players and it was a good feeling to be joining the club on the same day,” he told The Sentinel.
“But there are a number of very good players here already.
“There has already been a bit of banter thrown around and it seems to be a lively dressing room.
“Hopefully I can make my debut against Aston Villa (on September 13) and build a good rapport with them straight away.
“But if I’m not selected, I’ll bide my time until I get my chance.”