Peter Crouch says it is an “exciting time” to be at Stoke City – but he wants to regain his place in Mark Hughes’ first team.
Crouch signed a two-year contract extension in January but, after undergoing a groin operation in the summer, has made only one 15-minute appearance as a substitute in the Premier League this season.
Mame Diouf, Jon Walters and summer signing Joselu have all been handed chances ahead of Crouch at various stages, but the 34-year-old is enjoying life at the Britannia Stadium and hopeful of working his way back into Hughes’ plans before long.
“I signed at Stoke for two years because I’ve enjoyed my time there and when I first signed there, the players, the position the club is in is a million miles away,” Crouch said in an interview with Soccer AM on Sky Sports.
“We cemented our place in the top ten last year and hopefully we can build on that.
“We are signing some top-class players and it’s an exciting time to be part of the club.
“That’s why I’ve signed for two years and I just hope I’ll be involved and playing a little bit more than I have been.
“I want to be playing, but I understand in the Premier League, the way the game is going, it is a squad game.
“There are so many games to play, I will play a part and I’m hoping it will be in the Premier League sooner rather than later.
“But I still feel great, I feel fit and I have played in the Capital One Cup mainly, where I’ve done OK. Hopefully I find myself back into the team soon.”