By Matt Bullin
Aston Villa fans have taken to Twitter to welcome Glenn Whelan to the club.
The 33-year-old central midfielder penned a two-year deal with the Villans, after the club agreed an undisclosed fee for his services with Stoke City.
✍️ We are delighted to announce the signing of Glenn Whelan from @StokeCity…
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) July 20, 2017
Long-serving midfielder Glenn Whelan has today agreed to join @AVFCOfficial.
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) July 20, 2017
Whelan joins the Villa squad as an elder statesman, and he will be expected to pass on his experience to the club’s young players, as well as make a big impact in the middle of the park.
The 33-year-old was a key figure in the Potters’ midfield last term, and he played 31 league and cup games for the club.
He arrived in Staffordshire in January 2008 in a £600,000 move from Sheffield Wednesday, and he went on to make 337 appearances across all competitions for the club.
The Villa Park faithful were excited by Whelan’s arrival in Birmingham and they took to Twitter to show it.
Here are a selection of their best messages on Twitter.
— Aid (@HandofLjungberg) July 20, 2017
Some of our fans really are embarrassing! Great signing IMO! some fans don't seem to understand the type of player you need to get promoted
— LiAM (@LiamReading93) July 20, 2017
— Chris Dolan (@chris_dolan) July 20, 2017
— Jonny Gilkes (@jmgilkes) July 20, 2017
Potentially key signing. Welcome Glenn 👍
— Sherlock H (@MatelotSherlock) July 20, 2017
This lad is a legend 👊🏼👊🏼 cracking signing 👏🏼 🇮🇪🦁 pic.twitter.com/ryt4Tw4rz3
— Declan Pierce (@DecPierce) July 20, 2017
Welcome to Villa Glenn! Take us back to where we belong 🙌
— Jatinder (@jSG50) July 20, 2017
Lets get behind him as well then
— MB 🇿🇼🎅🏻 (@MattyAVFC_) July 20, 2017
The Irishman also becomes Villans manager Steve Bruce’s fourth signing of the summer, as he joins Sam Johnstone, John Terry and Ahmed Elmohamady in Birmingham.
Whelan has been capped by the Republic of Ireland on 81 occasions, and he represented his country in both the 2012 and the 2016 European Championships.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, they have taken a Premier League veteran on trial.