First Team

Glenn Whelan signs with Hearts

14th August 2019

Hearts have today completed the signing of Republic of Ireland international Glenn Whelan, subject to international clearance.

The defensive midfielder joins the club as a free agent, penning a one-year deal until 2020.

The 35-year-old, who left English Premier League side Aston Villa at the end of last season, has 86 international caps to his name and brings a wealth of experience to Tynecastle. Having started his career at Manchester City, he went on to amass close to 300 appearances for Stoke City in the English Premier League.

The Dubliner has also made nearly 200 appearances in the English Championship following successful spells with both Sheffield Wednesday and most recently Aston Villa.

He won promotion to the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday in 2005 before going on to help Stoke City gain promotion to the Premier League in his first season at the club. Last season, he played 36 league games for Aston Villa as they went on to secure their return to the English top flight.

On the international front, Glenn made his senior debut against Serbia in 2008 and has been a mainstay in the heart of midfield ever since. He played a key role in guiding the Republic of Ireland to Euro 2012 and has captained the side on numerous occasions. His most recent appearance saw him play the full 90 minutes in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark in June.