The decision that had to be made by Charlie Adam back in the summer of 2012 was a rather straightforward one.
Many would’ve forgiven Adam for hanging around at Liverpool, only a single season after arriving at Anfield from relegated Blackpool, to try and work his way back into the manager’s plans.
There was a change in management at Liverpool that summer, though, and Adam was informed by new boss Brendan Rodgers that he wouldn’t be a part of his plans going forwards, and so he best look for a new club.
Stoke City were only too happy to take him on.
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Adam Davies, Adam Federici.
Defenders: Danny Batth, Moritz Bauer**, James Chester*, Nathan Collins, Tom Edwards, Liam Lindsay, Bruno Martins Indi, Ryan Shawcross, Tommy Smith, Harry Souttar**, Josh Tymon, Stephen Ward, Kevin Wimmer**.
Midfielders: Joe Allen, Sam Clucas, Jordan Cousins, Peter Etebo**, James McClean, Badou Ndiaye**, Nick Powell, Ollie Shenton**, Lasse Sorensen, Ryan Woods**.
Forwards: Benik Afobe**, Tyrese Campbell, Mame Diouf, Lee Gregory, Tom Ince, Julien Ngoy, Thibaud Verlinden, Sam Vokes.
**out on loan
Adam, holding a question and answer session with supporters on his Instagram account on Tuesday, confirmed as much.
Among the host of questions put to him was the fall-out of his move away from Merseyside.
“I was told I wasn’t going to play, so I went to Stoke to play football,” Adam replied.
Indeed, Stoke would be the beneficiaries of the Scottish international, for whom he turn out more than 150 times over the course of seven years at the club.
This past season is his first away from the Potteries, and it’s been spent at Reading.
Adam’s deal is up at the Madejski Stadium this summer, and though he’s not sure what the immediate future holds, he knows for certain that he desires to continue playing.
The 34-year-old has played 25 games for the Royals this term, and hopes he’s done enough to earn another year with the club.
Coaching is something he has in the back of his mind, but certainly not at the forefront.
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“Yeah it’s [coaching] something I’m thinking about and looking to do in the future,” Adam said, replying to a supporter when asked about what the future holds. “It’s something I’d like to do.
“I’m going to play as long as possible. I love going to training and the games on a Saturday. Coaching can take you anywhere so you can’t rule anything out.
“[Contract is up at the] end of the season. Don’t know what is happening for next season yet. I have enjoyed Reading. If there was a chance to stay, I would.”