20 May 2013 12:51
Michael Owen insists he has no regrets at moving to Stoke City after calling time on his career after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton.
The 33-year-old announced in March that he would be retiring after a frustrating campaign that has seen him only make eight substitute appearances for the Staffordshire club.
He was given 16 minutes of the final game at St Mary’s Stadium and went close to notching a trademark poached goal and, despite a lack of action this season, Owen claimed he had enjoyed his time at the club.
“It’s been a great, great experience being at Stoke for a season,” he said. “They’re a very good club, very good owners and it’s a good place to be.
“That’s about the fifth season they’ve been in the Premier League now. Hopefully, they can kick on and start getting into the top half.
That will probably be the next step.
“I’m certainly pleased to have joined them and played a season with them and I wish them all the best now.”
Both sets of fans sang the name of the former England international during the match which he was keen to thank them for, and he also revealed the good wishes he had received from fellow players.
“I couldn’t have asked for any more, really,” he added. “The Stoke supporters were fantastic, considering I’ve not had much of an influence on the team for the season I’ve been here.
“But they sang my name all game and I am really privileged to have the send-off. And the home fans as well, that was particularly special. So, it was a great day all round and pleased that we shared the spoils as well.
“Everyone’s been coming up to me saying so many nice things and that they’ve enjoyed watching me play over the years.
“I won’t name his name but even one of the Southampton players was saying that he used to watch my Soccer Skills video, so that made me feel a bit old.
“But it’s nice that I’ve brought some pleasure to a lot of people and it’s certainly been a pleasure playing myself. I’ve really enjoyed it and time to move on, as they say.”