Delap free to talk to clubs after release from Stoke

Rory Delap has become a free agent after his release from Stoke City Photo: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Former Republic of Ireland international Rory Delap has become a free agent after being released by Stoke City.

The 37-year-old, from Great Corby in Cumbria, spent seven years at the Britannia Stadium but is one of several players let go by new Potters boss Mark Hughes.

The midfielder has been linked with a return to former club Carlisle United in recent weeks and admitted he would relish a move back to Brunton Park should the opportunity arise. He told News & Star:

“I’ve always said I would love to come back one day.

“I don’t know what will happen. It is out of my hands and is up to other people.

“I’ve got family as well [in Derby] but there are ways and means."

– Rory Delap, Former Republic of Ireland international

Delap came through the youth ranks at Carlisle and made 65 appearances in four seasons with the club. He joined Derby County for £200,000 in 1998 before having spells at Southampton, Sunderland, Stoke and spent the second-half of last season on loan at Barnsley.

He won 11 caps for his country between 1998 and 2004.