Osaze thrilled to make history

Osaze Odemwingie says he feels honoured to be playing a part in a
momentous era in Stoke City’s history, Stoke Sentinel reports.

The popular winger has returned from long-term injury in the nick of
time to make a series of late-season cameos to help Stoke break several
club records.

Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Burnley sealed ninth spot for a second
successive season and nudged Stoke past 50 points for the first time in
the Premier League.

“The most important thing is always the group,” said Odemwingie,
“and I’m very happy I could make it back and that the gaffer welcomed me
back.

“Two seasons with back-to-back top-10 finishes is fantastic. The
players have achieved what nobody has achieved and those are the things
you want to hear.

“We are very happy and we are congratulating each other.

“It’s great that I’m able to make a minor contribution to a time
which we as players will never forget, when we are helping to lay
foundations for the club.

“This is probably my last few years in football and this is something I will take into my retirement.

“This is a memorable time for the team. They are not just getting
results, but also pleasing supporters with top-class football that gets
them excited.

“Hopefully one day, when Stoke City go to Europe and win cups, they will not forget us.”

More immediately, meanwhile, Odemwingie would love to round off his
injury-ravaged season with a first goal in Sunday’s final home game
against Liverpool (3pm).

“I still wish that comes this season,” he hoped.”If not, it’s my first season without a goal since I was five years old!”

Odemwingie, sidelined in late August with a cruciate knee ligament
injury, has now stacked up more than an hour’s playing time after his
fourth appearance from the substitutes’ bench at Burnley last Saturday
came as early as the 59th minute.

“For me, the season is just starting,” the Nigerian international reasoned, “and I wish it was September.

“I won’t have a proper summer because I have to keep on top of my
health, keep working hard and keep training because I have missed so
many months.

“It will take time to get back to my best again, but I feel all right.

“The speed is there, but the endurance is not as good.

“But that will come in time and I have hinted to the gaffer to give me more time on the pitch.”

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