Euro challenge excites Shawcross

The Potters enter the competition next month at the third

qualifying round having reached a first ever FA Cup final, with

Manchester City’s qualification for the Champions League putting

them into Europe. “We know we aren’t in there quite yet, we will

have a few difficult qualifying games in front of us, but we will

be doing our best to come through them, and then we can really look

forward to what could be in front of us,” he said. “There is a lot

to look forward to here, and I am really enjoying being a part of

it all. I really can’t wait until the new season starts. “It was an

incredible season for each and every one of us really. As a team

and as a club I don’t think we could have achieved much more.

“Obviously it was slightly disappointing to lose to Wigan on the

final day and not finish in the top ten because I feel we deserved

to. “But that gives us another objective to aim for. Nobody can

argue with what we have achieved here over the last three seasons.”