Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Whelan signs new four year deal with Stoke

Ireland central midfielder Glenn Whelan has signed a new four-year contract with Stoke City.

The Dublin born player joined the Potters in January 2008 from Sheffield Wednesday for £500,000.

"I'm obviously delighted, once we got it all sorted, it was just a case of getting it signed and I'm really happy."

The 25-year-old, who has won 10 caps for Ireland, has made 50 appearances for the Potters.

"Talks have been going on for a while, but with the transfer window going on I think they were more concerned with bringing new players in and then they would deal with me afterwards, but I'm happy it's all done now."

The former Manchester City trainee helped Stoke win promotion from the Championship in 2007/08, but found it difficult to hold down a regular first-team place in their first season in the top flight.

However, a last-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa in March brought him back into manager Tony Pulis' plans, and he is now a regular in the starting line-up.

Whelan has also played an important role for Trapattoni's Ireland as they continue their campaign to book a place in next years World Cup finals in South Africa.

"I've been working very hard in the last 12 months to get into the team and I think the reward of a new contract has come from that," added Whelan

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