Former Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters has looked back on his time with the club ahead of his ‘Audience with…’ evening at the Bet365 Stadium on Thursday evening.
Walters is due to return to his former club to hold an evening where he and former defender Robert Huth will speak on their time at the club and answer questions from the audience.
Around 250 Stoke fans are expected to be in attendance for the event, which is likely to feature stories from the duo on Stoke’s Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League spells.
36-year-old Walters announced his retirement from the game in March after a short spell with Premier League side Burnley, ending a career which saw him feature in 573 club appearances, netting 117 goals in the process.
Whilst the Republic of Ireland striker spent five years with Ipswich Town prior to a 2010 move to Stoke – Walters is fondly remembered for his time in the Potteries.
Walters played 271 games in all competitions for Stoke, scoring 62 goals in the process – helping the club to an FA Cup runners up place in 2010/2011 and to European qualification in the following year.
Stoke, who have been struggling for goals in the Championship this term – currently sit 23rd in the table, sacking Nathan Jones on November 1st and replacing him with Michael O’Neill.
Walters, who will be joined by Huth on Thursday evening – may touch on his former side’s season so far and those thoughts will be interesting to hear.
Speaking ahead of the event, Walters told Stoke City’s official website: “Stoke holds great memories for me having spent most of my career at the Club.
“I had an amazing time and thinking back to all the great games we had in the Premier League, the FA Cup and Europa League – really, really good times.
“Also little things like watching my kids growing up as Stoke fans supporting their dad when I was at the Club are special memories.”
Stoke fans reading of the news that Walters is due to return can be excused for getting a little excited, but unfortunately the former striker isn’t putting on the famous red and white stripes.
New boss O’Neill may have some transfer targets already ahead of the January transfer window and one of those is expected to be a striker, given that Stoke have failed to find consistency in the final third.
Finding someone to score goals may not be to hard to find for O’Neill, but there will be a few fans wishing they could have Walters in his prime back at the club.