First Team

Glenn: Here to win

14th August 2019

Glenn Whelan says he’s always achieved what he’s wanted throughout his career and that’s not about to stop now he’s signed for Hearts.

The hugely experienced Republic of Ireland midfielder today penned a one-year deal with the Jambos after spending the past week in and around the club.

With 86 Ireland caps to his name, as well as nearly 300 English Premier League appearances with Stoke City, the 35-year-old – who last season helped Aston Villa to gain promotion to the top flight – has revealed that the ambition shown by Craig Levein matches his own, and he’s no intention of slowing down after arriving at Tynecastle.

Speaking to HeartsTV, Glenn said: “I’m delighted. I just want to get my head down and now and stuck into things. I’ve managed to train for the last couple of days with the lads so I’ve got the meet and greet out of the way so I’m delighted to get everything sorted now.

“Once I knew Hearts were involved then It was something that I really had to think about. The manager’s been great, he’s given me a lot of time to think about things but for the last week or so I’ve been ready to go.

“The manager has been crucial to getting me up here, to be honest. He’s shown a lot of ambition in where he wants the club to go. I came up and trained with the lads for a couple of days last week and I was really impressed. I’m up here now and I’m ready to go to dig in and get some results.


“I’ve been successful throughout my career and this year I’m here now and I’m trying to achieve something as well. The manager’s spoken about trying to get into Europe and pushing on as high as we can.

“I’m not just up here to enjoy myself, I’m here to achieve something. I’m looking to do that with Hearts, a massive club in Scotland and in the Scottish Premiership.

“Everywhere I’ve went and throughout my career I’ve always achieved what I’ve wanted. Like I said, I’m not up here for a jolly up or a holiday, I’m up here to improve players, if I can, and to win games.”

Glenn’s interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.