Potters striker Peter Odemwingie says he is delighted with the acquisitions manager Mark Hughes has made during the summer transfer window.
Phil Bardsley, Dionatan Teixeira, Steve Sidwell, Mame Biram Diouf and Bojan Krkic have all arrived at the Britannia Stadium in recent weeks as the Potters look to build on last season’s record-breaking campaign.
Along with Diouf and Bojan, the Potters have further attacking options with the Nigerian, Marko Arnautovic, Peter Crouch and Jon Walters all competing for places.
Odemwingie returned to pre-season for the goalless draw against Burton Albion on Saturday after playing in this summer’s World Cup Finals for the Super Eagles and revealed he is looking forward to the healthy competition for places in City’s starting XI.
“I’m really looking forward to the new season and I’m happy to be a part of the team again,” he said following the game at the Pirelli Stadium.
“We have signed some strong players that have added to the talent we already have here and I’m looking forward to working with them.
“I have to work hard to earn my spot in the side, without competition you perhaps don’t work towards the best of your ability.
“The new signings have made the squad stronger and it brings healthy competition into the team.”
The Nigerian was arguably one of the Potters’ star performers last season- despite only arriving at the Britannia Stadium in January.
Odemwingie admitted he has had to adapt his approach since joining the Potters and added that he is eager to continue the rich vein of form which saw him score five goals in 15 appearances for the Club last season.
“My aim is to carry on from where I left off last year,” he said.
“Since joining the Club I feel I have matured and become a better player.
“It may sound odd, but not scoring as many goals has certainly helped me improve as a team player.
“I feel fit and ready, so I am looking forward to the new season very much.”
The former West Bromwich Albion forward added: “Hopefully we can do as well as we did last season.
“With a stronger squad things can only get better so we are definitely looking up.
“With the quality of players we have I’m positive we can continue our great team spirit and have another good season.”