Sheffield Wednesday 'made me' says Stoke City's Glenn Whelan

Glenn Whelen celebrates play-off success with Wednesday
Glenn Whelen celebrates play-off success with Wednesday
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Glenn Whelan will tonight take on the club he says made him the person he is, as his Stoke City side face Sheffield Wednesday.

The Republic of Ireland international spent three-and-a-half happy years at Hillsborough having joined on a free transfer from Manchester City and scored the crucial third goal against Hartlepool in the Owls' League One play-off success in 2005.

Whelan, who is expected to be captain in the absence Ryan Shawcross, moved to Stoke City in the January transfer window in 2008 and has since gone on to make well over 200 appearances for the Potters.

The midfielder admits ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup encounter that he will give Wednesday 'all the respect they deserve' for giving him the opportunity after being released by Man City.

"We had some good times there, especially the play-off final, things like that," he told The Sentinel.

"I enjoyed my time greatly when I was there. It was probably a learning curve and probably made me the person I am today because I left Man City as a young lad and went to Sheffield Wednesday. They gave me my chance, so I will give them all the respect they deserve."

Glenn Whelan

Glenn Whelan

He added:

"I've been getting a few text messages from people who still work at the club and I had a great time down there, I really enjoyed it.

"I still speak to a few people there and they really are trying to push on with new owners who are starting to back the team.

"You only have to look at the crowds they get to see how big a club it is, but there's a lot of those clubs in the Championship, so-called sleeping giants, so they need to get out as quickly as they can and it would be great for everyone involved if they can."

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