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Etherington to make Stoke exit

Stoke City winger Matthew Etherington has confirmed that he will be leaving the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Etherington has made over 170 appearances for Stoke since joining from West Ham United in January 2009, but has struggled to make an impact under Mark Hughes this season.

The 32-year-old has appeared as a substitute in Stoke's last three matches, but has featured only 10 times in total since Hughes replaced Tony Pulis as manager last summer.

"I am definitely leaving," said Etherington in the Sunday Mirror. "I have not heard anything from the club, which is fair enough, I have not played a lot lately.

"I will have been there five years in the January just passed and it has been a great time so I am really sad it is coming to an end.

"But there are no hard feelings. I think they are looking to go a different way, which is absolutely fine."

The former England Under 21 international is determined to keep playing next season and is open to a move abroad.

He added: "I am 32. I don't expect my career to be stopping, I am pretty confident of getting a club soon.

"If I'm lucky I have three or four years left. I might even go abroad, we will have to see what happens, but it is something I would look into."