By Russell Edge
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has paid credit to midfielder Glenn Whelan after he made the move to Aston Villa.
Villa confirmed the capture of the 33-year-old via their official Twitter account, with the transfer ending the central midfielder’s nine year stay at the Potters.
✍️ We are delighted to announce the signing of Glenn Whelan from @StokeCity…
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) July 20, 2017
His signing is just one of five names through the door this summer, with manager Steve Bruce looking to bolster the experience available to him.
Four of the five new arrivals are well recognised names from the Premier League, with John Terry, Ahmed Elmohamady and Christopher Samba joining Whelan at the club, while Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has signed on a loan deal.
Following his signing, Whelan’s former boss Hughes sang the praises of the midfield general, who earned 337 outings while at Stoke, scoring eight times and providing another 22 assists for his team mates.
The Welsh manager paid credit to his attitude and believes he will do the business for Villa in the Championship.
He told the Birmingham Mail: “He gives you everything each and every week and you know what you’re going to get from him.
“Everyone saw what a good player he was. He’s not one that wants to grab the limelight but he does that by the manner of his performances.
“I think it’s a fantastic signing for Aston Villa.”
Along with his 276 top flight appearances, Whelan also has 81 caps for the Republic of Ireland under his belt, having made his debut back in 2008.
He will get the chance to make his competitive debut for the club when they welcome recently relegated Hull City to Villa Park on August 5, as both sides look to return to the Premier League.
In other Aston Villa news, their Championship rivals are considering swooping for the Villans’ attacker.