Experienced midfielder Glenn Whelan has signed a new one-year contract extension at Fleetwood Town. The former Stoke City midfielder joined the club in January after leaving Scottish side Hearts, helping them to a play-off place in League One, which was awarded by PPG following the cancellation of the season.
Glenn Whelan Signs Fleetwood Town Contract Extension
— Fleetwood Town FC (@ftfc) July 27, 2020
Whelan’s Experience Can Help Fleetwood
At 35-years-old, Whelan is a senior of the game and his experience was vital in helping Fleetwood to secure a play-off spot, even though he only managed to fit in 11 appearances before the season was halted.
That experience will be vital again as Fleetwood look to go one better under Joey Barton, who is continuing to prove his doubters wrong in the managerial role at the club. While the Republic of Ireland international is unlikely to be a starter every week, the minutes he does get will be important.
Whelan is only two years younger than his manager Barton, so could provide some assistance in a coaching capacity and could even transition to a coach at the club later on, if that is what he wishes to do.
What Was Said?
Speaking to the club website about the new contract for Glenn Whelan, manager Joey Barton said:
“I’m delighted to have Glenn for another season, the impact he made in the second half of the season was superb.
“He’s a player who has high standards on and off the pitch and you can’t have enough of those players around the club. I think people saw how important he was in us reaching the play-offs last season.
“At the moment he’s on 91 caps for the Republic of Ireland and I know how passionate he is to get to 100, hopefully, we can help him reach what would be an incredible achievement.”