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Thursday 23 November 2017

Shay's Stoke exit

Shay Given
Shay Given

Former Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given says he has no plans to quit despite being released by Stoke City.

The Potters have begun preparations for next season and yesterday announced that five players would not have their contracts renewed, including Given (41) who only made five appearances last season, but he feels he can still play on.

"Obviously my contract's not being renewed at Stoke so I've got a decision to make about what's the next step," he says.

"To be honest, I feel good, I feel fit so I'd like to play on for another season and weigh it up again next summer.

"I know I'm coming to the end of my career obviously but I still feel I've got something to offer. I would drop to the Championship, I definitely would."

Meanwhile, David Forde is in talks with Portsmouth about a permanent move there. Forde (37) this week confirmed his exit from Millwall and he is said to be keen on a return to Pompey, where Forde had a loan spell last season as the club won the League Two title. Pompey may also offer a new deal to ex-Ireland forward Noel Hunt.

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