GLENN WHELAN revealed his delight after captaining the Potters to an emphatic 4-1 victory over Fulham on Saturday afternoon.
The Republic of Ireland international was handed the armband due to Ryan Shawcross’ suspension and led the team to their joint highest Premier League points total, with a game still remaining.
The 30-year-old spoke to Stoke City Player
after the squad had conducted their annual end of season lap of honour on the last home game of the year and beamed with happiness of how the day had panned out.
“Having the family here today and being made captain for the day was really special,” he said “It was an honour.
“Obviously with being at the Club for so long and getting the opportunity to do it was fantastic even though it might have been for just one game.
“It is something I can look back on and no one can take away from me. Being given the captain’s armband for the very last home game of hopefully one of our better seasons in the Premier League was special.”
The midfielder also praised the impact made since the arrival of Mark Hughes at the start of the season and hopes that the team can now push past the 47 point barrier when they travel to the Hawthorns next Sunday to take on West Bromwich Albion after enjoying a great run of form in 2014.
“With a new manager coming in and a few players arriving we really wanted to kick on and we’ve proven something I think this year but we need to keep going next week because we want to finish off properly,” said Whelan.
“Obviously when new players come into a team it will take time but the lads who’ve arrived have been great, but you have got to give credit to the lads who have been here for a long time because I think if you ask the manager and his staff they will say they have made it easier for them.
“We’ve had both good times and bad times this year performance wise but since the turn of the year I don’t think we’ve let anyone down and have always kept it going.”