Owen ready to fight for place at Stoke


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Michael Owen accepts he may have to work hard to win a place in the Stoke side.

The former England striker this week signed for the Potters having been available as a free agent following his release by Manchester United at the end of last season.

The 32-year-old feels he has to prove himself at the Britannia Stadium despite his experiences with United and previously with Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and England.

"There are many strikers at the club, I'm not expecting it to be an easy ride," he said. "I'll have to work, obviously, to play any part, but I'm prepared to do that.

"There are a lot of top players at the club, so I'm hopefully going to fit in well and have a good season."