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Barton hails 'superb' Whelan as Ireland midfielder signs up for his 18th season
The 36-year-old has signed a new deal at Fleetwood Town.

LAST UPDATE | Jul 27th 2020, 5:00 PM

FLEETWOOD TOWN HAVE confirmed that Glenn Whelan has extended his contract with the club.

Having announced this morning that talks were ongoing with the midfielder about a new deal, the League One outfit have now revealed that Whelan has committed until the summer of 2021.

Fleetwood manager Joey Barton paid tribute to the Republic of Ireland international, adding that he’s keen to help his former Manchester City team-mate to reach 100 senior caps. 

“I’m delighted to have Glenn for another season,” Barton told Fleetwood Town’s official website this afternoon. “The impact he made in the second half of the season was superb.

“He’s a player who has high standards on and off the pitch and you can’t have enough of those players around the club. I think people saw how important he was in us reaching the play-offs last season.

“At the moment he’s on 91 caps for the Republic of Ireland and I know how passionate he is to get to 100. Hopefully we can help him reach what would be an incredible achievement.”

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Whelan didn’t miss a single minute of the 13 games that Barton’s side played following the Dubliner’s arrival on a short-term contract in January.

His contribution helped them reach the League One play-off semi-finals, where their hopes of promotion to the Championship were ended by eventual winners Wycombe Wanderers.

Whelan, who turns 37 next January, has now played 17 seasons of first-team football, having made his senior club debut for Manchester City back in 2003.

Compatriot Paddy Madden will be at Fleetwood again next season after signing a new contract last summer which commits him to the club until 2022.

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