Stoke City’s new striker Lee Gregory has admitted to feeling nervous before arriving at the bet365 Stadium.
The 30-year-old joined the club after leaving Millwall on a free in the summer, and the player has thanked his fellow teammates for helping him feel right at home.
The pacey striker joined Millwall from non-league Halifax back in 2014, and has scored an impressive 77 goals in 238 appearances for Millwall, which has clearly been enough for Premier League-chasing Stoke to want to take a punt on him.
In the past season, Gregory has been a great threat both as a creator and a scorer, assisting seven goals and scoring 13 in all competitions.
Quoted by The Stoke Sentinel, he said: “You’re always nervous to come into a new club. But the lads have made me welcome and I’m glad to get in.
“When the season finished you can be nervous as a free agent about what’s going to happen, but Stoke were in straight away and I was buzzing to get it over the line.
“I knew it was done and it was just a matter of time for it to get out. Once that happened, it’s nice to get some welcome messages.”
Gregory was one of six players to join the club in a day period at Stoke, joining Liam Lindsay, Jordan Cousins, Nick Powell, Adam Davies and Stephen Ward.
Gregory is now looking forward to integrating with the first team squad and the new players.
“We’ve got a good six weeks together. It’s not like we’ve made six signings a few days before the start of the season.
“Everyone knows who they are, where they play and it’s going to make me and the and the rest of the lads more settled. We can’t wait to get going.”
It’s understandable why Gregory could be a bit nervous before joining Stoke as it is the biggest step of his career at 30 years of age.
The pressure will be a level above Millwall as the club looks to get promoted back into the Premier League.
The striker has been in good form for Millwall over the past few years and has earned this move coming from non-league, so it will be interesting to see how he gets on.