UPDATED 12:09 17th September 2015
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GLENN WHELAN cemented his reputation as one of the Club’s most reliable performers during the transition under Mark Hughes during the last two seasons.
Deployed as a holding midfielder since the Welshman's arrival in the summer of 2013, Whelan has continued to impress Potters fans when making 60 league appearances over the course of the two-year period.
In fact Hughes had so much faith in him, that in Shawcross’s absence, Whelan had been trusted with the responsibility of the captain's armband. Furthermore, the Irishman also agreed a new two-and-a-half-year contract extension in January 2015.
Back in 2008, his reputation as one of the lower league’s hottest properties prompted former boss Tony Pulis to fork out £500,000 to acquire his service from Sheffield Wednesday, and he instantly played his part in helping the Club finish second in the Coca-Cola Championship.
A disappointing start to life in the top flight was soon put behind him as an exquisite late leveller against Aston Villa in 2009 re-energised the Republic of Ireland international.
He had a superb 2009/10 campaign, which warranted him featuring in 30 of City's league fixtures, whilst he also cemented himself as a favourite of then-Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni after impressing on the international stage.
His Ireland career hit a peak when he joined up with the squad for their Euro 2012 campaign in Ukraine & Poland, whilst he also overtook Gordon Banks to become the Club's most capped player.
Glenn started his career at Manchester City, but turned out only once for the Citizens in a UEFA Cup tie against Total Network Solutions in 2003.
A short loan spell at Bury preceded the transfer to Sheffield Wednesday, with whom he went to make 142 appearances in the league across five successful years before joining the Potters.