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Competition at Stoke excites me – Odemwingie

Nigerian forward, Osaze Odemwingie, says he is excited with the quality of signings that manager, Mark Hughes, is making for the club in preparation for the 2015/16 season.

The winger cum striker, who represented Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup, missed a large chunk of the last season because of a knee injury but he got fit towards the end of the season and has played in pre-season for the Potters.

“There is a lot of competition, but that only excites me,” he told his club’s official website.

The Potters have strengthened with Joselu from Bundesliga side Hannover 96, and the manager is still looking for another forward option.

“It means we are going to do well as a group. Odemwingie played just seven league matches last season with no goals but he featured 15 times in the 2013/14 season and scored six goals.

“In my situation there is a lot of expectation about coming back from injury.

“That’s probably not what I really need, but I am going to give my best.

“Knowing there are people who will do well means we are going to have a good season, secure our Premier League status again, and then go for the extras.

“We will all get game time. It’s rare for one player to be in top form all season. Some were good at the end, some were good at the beginning but everyone has his time to stake his claim and everyone has a part to play.”

The season for Stoke kicks off at home to Liverpool, whom they beat 6-1 on the last day of last season, on August 9.

Odemwingie and his teammates will be hoping to better their ninth place finish this season.

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