James McClean asks Stoke fans to judge him as a player

Stoke City confirmed the signing of James McClean from West Brom over the weekend.

The Republic of Ireland international joins the Potters on a 4 year deal for an initial fee of £5 million pounds.

It marks Stoke fourth signing of the summer transfer window.

On social media, The former Derry City man asked to be "judged by what I do on the pitch, I promise Stoke fans that I will give everything I have".

In the past, McClean has been criticised for not wearing a poppy.

Stoke boss Gary Rowett, who echoed McClean's call to be judged solely as a player, has said of the player's political stance: "We don’t have to like it, we don’t have to agree with it, but we have to appreciate that he’s been honest enough and true to what he believes."