Stoke City have completed the signing of Liverpool and England defender Glen Johnson, Mark Hughes has confirmed.
The England international had been released at the end of the last season, making him a free agent. Despite being linked heavily with a move away from England, possibly to Italian side Roma or Turkish club Besiktas, the right-back chose to stay in England.
Johnson - who made 160 league appearances for the Anfield side having joined them in 2009 from Portsmouth - was destined to be set free once Brendan Rodgers set his sights on another English right-back, Nathaniel Clyne, the signing of whom was completed only recently from Southampton.
Johnson's is Mark Hughes' third signing of the summer, as the Potters have already completed deals for Marco Van Ginkel and Shay Given.
"Glen is a very experienced player and we feel the qualities he has will help us," Mark Hughes told Sky Sports News HQ.
"We're a team that is trying to progress and do that by getting good players into the squad.
"Glen has played at a high level for a very long time and we can benefit from that."