Stoke City new boy on why he made move from Luton, Nathan Jones and ambition



Rhys Norrington-Davies has set his sights on a regular starting position and helping Stoke City win a place in the Championship top six and promotion after completing a quickfire loan deal.

The 21-year-old has been impressing on loan at Luton Town in the first half of the season but Sheffield United have activated a January release clause and Stoke have secured his signature for the rest of term.

Michael O’Neill’s hunt for a new left-back became more urgent when Morgan Fox was laid low with a hamstring injury until at least the end of January.

And the recruitment team has moved fast to get this one over the line.

Norrington-Davies said: “It’s a massive opportunity. Stoke are obviously a massive club and I think we’ve got the potential to get into the play-offs and get them promoted back to the Premier League.

“From my point of view, I want to come in and add something to the team to get them back to where they belong.”

He added in an interview for the club website: “It’s happened very quickly to be fair. There was initial interest but from the point of getting me in it’s happened in the last couple of days, only speaking to the gaffer (on Monday).

“I’ve got high ambitions. I want to become a Premier League player and I feel like this is a stepping stone from where I was.

“No disrespect for Luton, who are a great club, massive club, but I feel like this is the best move for me at the moment to come into a system, 4-3-3, and hopefully be playing week in, week out at left-back and bringing my game to Stoke and show everyone what I’m about.”

Norrington-Davies spent last season on loan at Rochdale in League One and Jones made a beeline for his signature in the summer.

His performances have been good enough to earn a Wales call up – he is now the seventh Wales international in O’Neill’s squad – and a new long-term deal at Sheffield United, which he signed last month.

“I’ve spoken to the gaffer at Luton and I’m very grateful to the opportunity that club gave me,” he said. “I made my Championship debut with them and it’s got me into the international team and picked up three caps for Wales now as well.

“There is a lot of hard work still to go and we have to kick on for the second half of the season.

“I’ve spoken to Joe Allen, even though I’ve never actually played with him, and Rabbi Matondo, who I know quite a bit.

“There are familiar faces. It’s been good. All the boys are friendly and I’m looking forward to getting out on the training pitch with the lads and hopefully be out this weekend.”

Norrington-Davies could make his debut at Ewood Park this weekend, hoping to show what he can contribute down the left.

“I like to get forward a lot, I think I’m defensively sound and I hope I have a lot to offer,” he said.

“Obviously the main focus now is coming in and doing well for Stoke and hopefully I can show the gaffer and the boys what I’m about.”





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