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Stoke And Ireland Midfielder Signs One-Year Contract Extension

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Glenn Whelan of Stoke City gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Newcastle United at the Britannia Stadium on March 2, 2016 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Stoke City have confirmed that Republic of Ireland international Glenn Whelan has signed a new deal at the club.

The 32-year-old, who has made over 300 appearances for Stoke since joining from Sheffield Wednesday in 2007, has agreed a one-year extension, lengthening his contract to the summer of 2018.

STOKE, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 23:  Glenn Whelan (R) of Stoke City breaks away from Kalifa Cisse of Reading during the Carling Cup Third Round match between Stoke City and Reading at the Britannia Stadium on 23 September, 2008 in Stoke, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

In a statement on the club’s website, Potters chief executive Tony Scholes praised the central midfielder and revealed how delighted he was to tie Whelan down for another year at least:

“Glenn has been one of the mainstays of our side since his arrival and few players can have provided such value for money in the history of the Premier League.

“He remains a key figure in Mark Hughes’ squad and we are delighted he has decided to extend his stay at the bet365 Stadium.”

Whelan will return to pre-season training at Stoke in the coming days, having been involved in Ireland’s European Championship campaign in France.

during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Republic of Ireland and Sweden at Stade de France on June 13, 2016 in Paris, France.

He continues to be an important part of Mark Hughes’ side, appearing in all but one of Stoke’s Premier League games last year and forming an effective partnership with club record signing Gianelli Imbula in the centre of the pitch.

He also has 73 caps for the Ireland national side, having been given his debut by Giovanni Trapattoni in 2008.

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