Geoff Cameron believes Stoke’s style of play will evolve under Mark Hughes this season.
Former manager Tony Pulis, who left by mutual consent in May after seven years in charge, was noted for his direct style of play and although it earned Stoke promotion to the Premier League in 2008, many fans, and indeed Pulis himself, were frustrated by the long-ball tag.
Stoke supporters were divided over Pulis, particularly towards the end of his tenure, as the Welshman’s pragmatic approach was not always attractive to watch.
The arrival of Hughes brings with it the promise of a new-look Stoke, with defender Cameron confident that a different method will be noticeable under the former Manchester City, Wales and Blackburn boss.
Cameron, who joined from the Houston Dynamo in July 2012, is enjoying working with Hughes and his backroom staff, as he told the club’s official website: “I think they are fantastic.
“I’m really enjoying the work that we are doing in training and the ideas that the management have are very football orientated, and that is something that I particularly enjoy.
“I like to get the ball down on the floor and keep hold of it, and it looks like this is the way that they want us to go about things next season which is exciting.”
Cameron made 38 appearances in all competitions for Stoke during his first campaign in English football.
The 28-year-old United States international admits that he suffered “nerves” in his debut season, but is now focussed on using it as a platform to build on and improve.
He added: “I thought that I came through it all pretty well, but truth be told the fatigue probably did catch up with me a little bit towards the end of the season.
“Hopefully with this little break behind me now and a full season over here, I’ll be looking to improve again and push on.
“The nerves won’t be there next season because I have a full year behind me now, I have played in all of the stadiums against all of the players and hopefully I will be as fit and as sharp as I can possibly be.
“I’m really looking forward to the season now.”
Stoke start the 2013-14 Premier League season away at Liverpool on August 17.