Shay Given: Stoke release former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper

Shay Given won 134 caps for the Republic of Ireland in a 20-year international career
Shay Given won 134 caps for the Republic of Ireland in a 20-year international career

Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given has been released by Stoke City, having made just five Premier League appearances this season.

The ex-Newcastle, Manchester City and Aston Villa player joined Stoke in 2015 but has not played since September.

Given, 41, is one of six players to be released but Irish midfielder Stephen Ireland has been offered a new deal as he recovers from a double leg break.

Phil Bardsley and Geoff Cameron, both 31, have signed new deals.

Right-back Bardsley has agreed a 12-month extension, while United States defender Cameron has signed a new two-year contract.

Given played 11 times for the Potters during his two-year spell, six of which came at the start of last season as he deputised for the injured England keeper Jack Butland.

Professional contracts have been offered to three members of the club's Under-18 squad, including two-time Player of the Year, Thomas Edwards.

Stoke retained/released list

Released, first-team: Shay Given

Released, under-23s: Daniel Bachmann, Liam Edwards, Harry Isted, Joel Taylor, George Waring

Extended contract: Phil Bardsley; Lewis Banks, Jack Devlin, Dominic Telford, Mark Waddington

Contract offered: Stephen Ireland, Shola Ayoola (scholar), Jake Dunwoody (scholar), Thomas Edwards (scholar)

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