UPDATED 01:55 18th August 2014 GLENN WHELAN cemented his reputation as one of the Club’s most reliable performers during the 2013-14 season, as he fulfilled the role of midfield linchpin throughout a successful campaign for the Potters. A total of 36 appearances in all competitions, including 29 starts in the league, demonstrates how valuable manager Mark Hughes sees the Irishman. 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 back in 2008, 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 leveler against Aston Villa in 2009 re-energised the Republic of Ireland international, who has since become a regular starter. 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 Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni after impressing on the international stage. His Ireland career hit a peak this summer when he joined up with the squad for their Euro 2012 campaign in Ukraine & Poland. The 28-year-old started his career at champions 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 a transfer to Sheffield Wednesday, with whom he went to make 142 appearances in the league across five successful years before joining the Potters.