New Villain Whelan aiming for Premier
Glenn Whelan is hoping for a swift return to the Premier League with his new club Aston Villa after he ended his long stay with Stoke City.
The 33-year-old spent just under ten seasons with Stoke, helping them win promotion from the Championship within months of joining and then playing a key role as the side stayed in the division.
His move to Birmingham has come about as Villa boss Steve Bruce led the chase for Whelan, and a deal worth a reported £1.5million was completed
Stoke did well out of Whelan (pictured above) who cost them just £500,000 with his move from Sheffield Wednesday in 2008 but he says it's time for a new challenge.
"I have enjoyed happy times at Stoke City but now is the time for a new football adventure - and what a club to join in Aston Villa," Whelan told the club's website.
"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.
"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 delivered more than 330 appearances for Stoke and boss Mark Hughes recently stated that the Whelan signing was one of the best-ever deals done by the club in terms of value for money.
"Whelan has been a model of consistency throughout his time in North Staffordshire and few players can have provided such excellent value for money," Stoke said in a statement.
"The Club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Glenn for his undoubted contribution and wish him all the best for the future."
Whelan's move means that Stoke will have only one Irish player, Stephen Ireland, on the books next season.