Stoke’s the only club for Wilko

The 27-year-old, born in Stone just 10 miles from the Britannia

Stadium, marked a decade since his debut in Saturday’s win over

Fulham. But the full-back is now looking forward to the next 10

years, which he hopes will be at his local club. “It’s unbelievable

to think how far the club has come since I made my debut,” said

Wilkinson, who made his very first appearance in an LDV Vans Trophy

tie at Blackpool. “It’s a great credit to the manager and the

chairman and I for one owe a lot to them. “Everyone knows how I

feel about Stoke City, I want to be here forever. “Hopefully, I

have got another 10 years left in front of me.” The weekend’s

victory lifted the Potters up to seventh in the Premier League, and

with the club due to play their third Europa League group match at

home to Maccabi Tel Aviv on Thursday, Wilkinson is desperate to be

part of what he believes will be a bright future. “I’m very proud

of what has been achieved and want to be a part of what happens

next,” he told Stoke’s official website. “We’ve got so much to look

forward to over the coming weeks and the squad is big enough and

strong enough to get the results we need to make further progress.”