Delap feels fit as a fiddle

The Potters midfielder, who turns 35 on Wednesday, is not worried

about being one of the team’s elder statesmen. Delap does not feel

his fitness has declined in recent seasons and is ready to prove

his worth to manager Tony Pulis again this term. “I’m still feeling

fit,” Delap said. “In fact I did the bleep test last week and

scored the same as I have in the last couple of years. “I am fit

enough, but it is the manager’s decision whether I play or not. He

has to put the best team out, and whether it has me in or not, I

have to get on with it.” And Delap is confident the Potters can

build on their efforts of last term, when the team reached the FA

Cup final and finished in mid-table. “That gives us an incentive

for this season because you want to better yourself every year,”

Delap added.