Double Boost for Stoke

  • Last Updated: December 20 2011, 17:30 GMT

Stoke have announced that goalkeepers Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen have both signed new deals with the club.

Asmir Begovic: Staying at Stoke

Danish shot-stopper Sorensen has committed himself to another two-and-a-half years, taking him through to 2014.

Begovic, meanwhile, has agreed a four-and-a-half-year deal, with the Potters considering him to be their long-term number one.

News of the agreements means Stoke remain well-stocked in the keeping department, with both men experienced international performers.

Tony Pulis is understandably delighted to have seen the deals pushed through, with the Potters determined to continue on their upward path.

"It's fantastic news that we have settled the immediate futures of our two main goalkeepers," he told the club's official website.

"It's important to have good competition for places in all areas of the squad and nowhere is it better than there.

"In Asmir, I believe we have the best young goalkeeper in England who has shown his great potential since he came to the club and he certainly has a big part to play in our future as we look to continue the progress we have made.

"As I have stated before, though, it is also important to look after those who have got us where we are today, and Thomas has been a major influence upon what we have achieved.

"He has been an outstanding professional who has thrived upon the challenge now facing him and I am delighted to have secured his experience."

Pulis added: "When you are looking to build something, you need a solid base and we are fortunate to have two top, top keepers, not forgetting, of course, that there is also Carlo (Nash) as a more than capable deputy waiting in the wings."