Kightly hoping for regular games at Stoke

As Stoke City prepare to begin their first season under Mark Hughes, winger Michael Kightly is hoping to see regular first-team action, Sky Sports, after being second choice under Tony Pulis for much of last season.

After being signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers last summer, Kightly began 2012/13 as a regular in starting XI, but soon fell out-of-favour, making just four starts after early November, and not appearing in any of Stoke’s final six matches, with the likes of Matthew Etherington and Geoff Cameron, among others, being preferred.

Pulis’ second spell as Potters manager came to an end soon after the end of the season, and Kightly hopes that he can get more opportunities under new boss Hughes, with competition for places on the flanks. He said: “I’ve heard a lot of talk about the other wingers at the club,” said Kightly. “That’s fine, but I want to stake a claim myself and impress the manager too.

I want to work myself into the first XI and have a good season, I’m at that age now when I don’t want to sit on the bench. I want to progress as a player, and I think I can. I hear things about the other lads, so my job is to show what I can do as well.

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