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Glenn Whelan to join League One side in bid to keep Ireland place

Glenn Whelan is to join League One side Fleetwood Town in a bid to keep a place in the Ireland squad, it has been revealed.

The Irish Independent have confirmed a deal until the end of the season has been agreed between the club and the free agent.

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The report claims how the Premier League veteran will use the move to aid the club’s bid for promotion to the Championship and also keep his place in the Ireland team for the Euro 2020 play-off in March.

Whelan, 36, had been without a club since he departed Scottish club Hearts earlier this month, as soon as new manager Daniel Stendel came in.

In the short time he’s been without a team, he has was linked with a number of English clubs in England, Luton Town one of the them, but Fleetwood boss and former team-mate Joey Barton has decided to give him a helping hand in asking him to train before now offered him a deal until the end of the season.

A deal could be done in time to allow him play in Saturday’s game away to Bristol Rovers with Fleetwood currently sitting in 11th place in the League One table, and are just four points off the playoff places.

He is Whelan talking back in October 2019 about his Republic of Ireland career to date, including spats with Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane, the fall-out from criticism from Eamon Dunphy and the phone call from Mick McCarthy to return.



2001–2004 – Manchester City – 0 games (0 goals)
2003 → Bury (loan) – 7 games (0 goals)
2003–2004 → Bury (loan) – 6 games (0 goals)
2004–2008 – Sheffield Wednesday – 142 games (12 goals)
2008–2017 – Stoke City – 291 games (5 goals)
2017–2019 – Aston Villa – 68 games (2 goals)
2019–2020 – Heart of Midlothian – 15 games (0 goals)

National team
2000 – Republic of Ireland U16 – 2 games (0 goals)
2002–2005 – Republic of Ireland U21 – 14 games (2 goals)
2007 – Republic of Ireland B – 1 games (0 goals)
2008– Republic of Ireland – 91 games (2 goals)


Fans gave their reaction after finding out that Glenn Whelan is to join League One side Fleetwood in bid to keep Ireland place…

@_TG7_______: Surely can’t be picked ahead of premier league/Championship players?

@S1ngh32: Glenn Whelan joining Fleetwood Town, yet a few Villa fans think he could do a job in the PL. LOL!!!

@masondrfc_: I’d of had him in a heartbeat #DRFC

@The_Irishkieran: James McCarthy has been playing well for Crystal Palace and should be favourite to start ahead of Whelan. The Hearts move could cost Whelan his place and not much he can do in League 1, when McCarthy is improving week by week in the Premier League.

David Buston: Hope he’s not another has been after free ride

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