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Joe Allen signs new contract with relegated Stoke

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Wales midfielder Joe Allen has committed to relegated Stoke by signing a new four-year contract.

The 28-year-old, who joined the Potters from Liverpool in July 2016, is determined to help the club secure a return to the Premier League at the first attempt.

"As players we have to shoulder responsibility for what happened last season," Allen told stokecityfc.com.

"Sometimes in football when things go wrong players try to wash their hands of it but I'm hoping a few more of the lads will have the same target of trying to set the record straight and helping the club bounce straight back."

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Stoke City release experienced duo after relegation

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Former England defender Glen Johnson and midfielder Stephen Ireland have been released by Stoke following the club's relegation from the Premier League.

Johnson made 60 appearances for Stoke over three seasons after joining the club from Liverpool in 2015.

Johnson, who also played for West Ham, Chelsea and Portsmouth, is among the first to be let go by new Potters manager Gary Rowett.

Former Manchester City midfielder Ireland joined Stoke from Aston Villa in 2013 and scored six times in 70 appearances and will be leaving on June 30 when his contract expires.

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