Name: Ryan Shawcross
At the club since: 2007
One man that has spearheaded Stoke City’s charge into the Premier League and significantly helped the Potters preserve their top-flight status in impressive style is their current longest-serving player – Ryan Shawcross.
The 28-year-old; who originally joined the Britannia Stadium outfit on loan from 13-time Premier League champions Manchester United back in August 2007, sealed a permanent switch to Stoke just a number of months later, rubberstamping a deal worth an initial £1m that could rise to a then club-record £2m depending on appearances.
Shawcross; who made his international debut for England against Sweden back in November 2012, but has failed to feature for the Three Lions since, has racked up 340 first-team appearances for the Potters since 2007, scoring 22 goals and providing 13 assists in the process.
The centre-half, who started his career at Old Trafford having come through Manchester United’s youth academy, has been restricted to 19 games in all competitions so far this season under current Stoke manager Mark Hughes due to back problems.