Kightly: Stoke are on the up

  • Last Updated: August 9 2012, 6:55 BST

Michael Kightly says Stoke are a club "moving in the right direction" after putting pen to paper at the Britannia Stadium.

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The 26-year-old has signed for the Potters from recently-relegated Wolves for an undisclosed fee.

And the wide man says he has been impressed with how Stoke have established themselves as a Premier League club under the guidance of manager Tony Pulis.

Kightly said: "It's a great club, an established Premier League club, so I am delighted to be here.

"Any footballer wants to play at the highest level and I am grateful to Stoke for giving me the chance to stay in the Premier League.

"The club sold itself to me. What they have achieved over the past few years has been remarkable.

"Then there's the excellent facilities and the supporters. It's definitely a club that is moving in the right direction."

Pulis is hoping Kightly can chip in with his fair share of goals to help solve the Potters' scoring problems

Kightly scored 24 goals during his time at Molineux, and an additional three in 12 appearances during a three-month loan with Watford last term.

It is the kind of firepower from the wide areas Stoke missed last season as Jermaine Pennant failed to find the net, while Matthew Etherington scored only three in a Premier League low for the team overall of just 36.

"I've long been an admirer of Michael, not only in terms of him being a provider, but also the fact he gets his share of goals," said Pulis.

"Our two wingers, Matthew Etherington and Jermaine Pennant, have been brilliant for this football club over the past few years.

"But they went off the boil in terms of goalscoring last season, so we wanted to address that.

"Competition for places will bring the best out of them again and that is what Michael's presence will give us in that area."