Stoke City defender Harry Souttar has agreed to join Fleetwood Town on a season-long loan deal according to the Football Insider.

The 20-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Fleetwood and impressed in his spell there.

The Australian has attracted interest from a number of clubs but he has turned these down due to wanting to link up with Joey Barton’s men once more.

Despite his young years, Stoke boss Nathan Jones sees huge potential in Souttar but wants him to go out on loan and gain more experience at a lower level before being ready to push for a place in the Potters’ first team.

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Souttar was at Dundee but moved to Stoke in 2016 and is seen as a real player for the future by Jones.

The 20-year-old has made two first-team appearances for the club in the EFL Cup and he will be hoping to get the chance to play regularly at Fleetwood Town.

Barton has categorically stated that he would like Souttar to return to the club as he impressed in his 11 appearances at the Highbury Stadium.

Nathan Jones believes that in order to aid his development, another loan spell will be beneficial for the defender as he seeks to gain a regular spot at Stoke.

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Fleetwood finished mid table in League One in the last campaign and they will be looking to improve on that in 2019/20 and with the capture of Souttar this should certainly help them as they bid to push towards the play-off places.


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