Glenn Whelan enjoyed a very successful nine-year stint at Stoke City after leaving Sheffield Wednesday in 2008.
The Irishman racked up almost 300 appearances for the Potters and played a part in both the side’s promotion to the Premier League and their gradual improvement in England’s top division.
His time at the Bet365 Stadium has now come to an end with Aston Villa confirming they have officially completed a deal for the Dubliner. The Birmingham club announced the news on Twitter this morning.
✍️ We are delighted to announce the signing of Glenn Whelan from @StokeCity…
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) July 20, 2017
Following a calamitous 2015/16 season, Villa were relegated from the Premier League but Whelan has said he’s convinced the club should be seeking promotion back to the top flight.
“We may be in the Championship but everything about this club screams Premier League – and it’s the job of the players to get us back up there.”
Now 33, Whelan will offer his new side some much-needed experience as Steve Bruce looks to rebuild a club that not too long ago seemed to be in freefall. The midfielder also told the club website he’s excited to work under the former Manchester United defender.
“I am looking forward to working with Steve Bruce.
“I know he has a phenomenal record in achieving promotion to the top-flight and, having spoken to him at length, I am more than aware of how much he wants to get back there again with this great club.”
Whelan will now join up with the Championship side as they ramp up preparations for the new season.