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Ex-Stoke City striker re-signs with Nantwich Town

Former Stoke City forward Ricardo Fuller has rejoined Northern Premier League side Nantwich Town.

The 40-year-old, who also represented the likes of Charlton Athletic and Millwall, came out of retirement to sign for the Cheshire outfit back in January and is now set for another spell with the team, who are aiming for an offensive spark as they head deeper into the campaign.

“Nantwich Town is delighted to announce that Ricardo Fuller has signed a new deal with the club,” the club announced via its official website on Friday. “The striker returns to the Dabbers after initially playing for the second half of last season.”

Club manager Dave Cooke was pretty happy to have the Jamaican back in the squad. “Ric’s been training for a month now and is looking sharp, it’s great to have him back,” he declared. “He’s great around the players and with his experience, it’s a great fit.”

Fuller, who’s made 76 appearances for Jamaica, moved to England in 2001 for early stints with Hearts and Crystal Palace. He signed for Preston North End a year later, scoring a very decent 31 goals in 63 games.

His form in front of goal earned him a move to the Premier League with Portsmouth but things didn’t work out that well over there and he would move to Southampton and then to Ipswich before settling down with Stoke in 2006.

The forward became a popular figure in the side and would help them gain promotion to the Premier League in 2008. Fuller made 208 appearances for the Potters in his six years at the club, scoring 50 goals in the process.

With his Stoke career coming to a close in 2012, he signed on with Charlton Athletic before moves to Blackpool, Millwall, and Oldham. The veteran announced his retirement in 2016 but was coaxed out by Nantwich, who have him back for a second spell this year. Fuller was thrust right into the action on Saturday as he was named to the bench for the side’s 2-0 win over Grantham Town.

Meanwhile, Stoke aren’t looking quite ready to get out of the Championship yet and are more likely to be relegated given their placement on the league table. The bet365 side are 23rd in the division, just above the last-placed Barnsley.

Ladbrokes has odds on 10/3 going on their relegation chances but Barnsley and Luton Town are the favourites at 4/11 and 11/10 with Skybet while Middlesbrough are 6/4 with William Hill. Adversely, Betfair has 1/7 odds on Stoke staying up. If you’re interested in Championship betting, then don’t hesitate to take advantage of a long list of the top bookies offers fromfreebets.uk. The resource could point you in the direction of the best free bets, like the name suggests, as well as enhanced odds. Their betting list is also updated daily.

As it pertains to who wins the Championship, Leeds United are 11/10 favourites with Bet365, who are also offering odds of 9/4 on West Bromwich Albion and 8/1 on Fulham. Stoke aren’t in the picture at all but Skybet has 2500/1 odds on their chances if you reckon they have the slightest shot at somehow reaching the top of the standings by the end of the season.

 

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