Fleetwood Town are delighted to announce the signing of Glenn Whelan on a deal until the end of the season.
The 36-year-old arrives at Highbury following an impressive career so far, including just shy of 300 appearances in the Premier League for Stoke City, a promotion to the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday in 2005, and most recently a promotion to the Premier League with Aston Villa just last season.
In terms of the midfielder’s international career, Whelan has 88 caps for the Republic of Ireland and featured for Mick McCarthy’s side in their recent EURO 2020 qualifying match against Denmark in November 2019.
Dublin born, Whelan joined Scottish Premiership side Hearts in the summer, but will now join up with Joey Barton’s squad for the rest of the season, with the move subject to international clearance.
On completing his third signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of Callum Connolly and Lewie Coyle, Barton said: “When the opportunity arose to bring someone of Glenn’s experience in to our squad, we moved quickly to get the deal done.
“Glenn is hungry to play and we’re sure that he will bring the qualities that everyone knows he is capable of into our group.
"We lost some experience in this window with Peter Clarke leaving to join Tranmere, so to bring someone in like Glenn who has been the captain of his country, is really important for our squad.
“This is an exciting signing for the club, and we look forward to seeing him in action.”
Glenn will wear the number 12 shirt whilst at Highbury.