Injury-plagued defender Jonathan Woodgate has joined Stoke on a free transfer on a free transfer after he was released by Premier League rival Tottenham.

The 31-year-old former England international has signed a one-year contract.

Woodgate played just 49 Premier League matches in 3 1/2 years with Spurs because of a succession of groin injuries, but Stoke manager Tony Pulis says ''we believe that if his fitness is managed properly he will play games for us.''