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Delap joins Stoke on loan

Liam Delap has joined Stoke City on a season-long loan.

The 19-year-old striker will spend the remainder of the 2022/23 campaign with Michael O’Neill’s Championship outfit.

In making the switch to the Britannia Stadium, Delap follows in the footsteps of his father Rory, who made more than 200 appearances for Stoke over the course of his own highly successful career.

The loan will provide the England Under-19 international with an opportunity to compete for regular first-team football, and to further build on the experience he has gained at City over the past two seasons

Delap made his senior debut in September 2020, memorably scoring a superb goal in a 2-1 Carabao Cup third-round victory over Bournemouth.

He has gone to make five further first team appearances, making his Premier League bow against Leicester in September 2020, and a maiden FA Cup appearance against Birmingham in January 2021 before then being afforded his Champions League debut from the bench away to Sporting in February of this year.

The centre forward joined the Club from Derby County in the summer of 2018.

A powerful presence up front, with a trademark eye for goal, the teenager has trained regularly with City’s senior side over the past two seasons and his development has been further accelerated by his key role as part of our Elite Development Squad (EDS).

In 2020/21, Delap scored 20 goals from just 24 games as City’s EDS side secured a first-ever Premier League 2 title and his superb form was individually recognised with Liam being awarded the Premier League 2 Player of the Season prize.

Delap’s fine progress was then rewarded with a three-year contract extension in August 2021.

Though his progress was initially interrupted by injury last term, Delap, came back to register eight goals from 10 appearances in PL2 as City secured a second successive PL2 title.

He will now continue to develop at Stoke City and everyone at City wishes him the best of luck during his time with the Potters.