Potters to start Etherington talks

Etherington has two years still to run on his deal at the Britannia

Stadium, but the Potters are keen to secure the winger’s long-term

future. Tony Pulis expressed his wish last month for the board to

open discussions and Etherington is set to meet with Stoke chairman

Peter Coates later in April. “Talks are arranged with Matthew and

his representative in 10 days,” Coates told The Sentinel. “We are

keen to keep Matthew and hopefully those talks will come to a good

conclusion.” Etherington has established himself as a key performer

for Stoke, scoring six goals in 47 appearances since his arrival

from West Ham United in January 2009. He has been in fine form this

season and his displays on the left of the Potters’ midfield had

sparked talk of a call-up to England’s World Cup squad.