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Whelan Plays Down Exit

Wednesday midfielder Glenn Whelan has played down talk of an exit before transfer deadline day despite being linked with a move to Championship rivals Stoke this week.

We here at Vital Sheffield Wednesday believed Stoke City were to make an offer for Wednesday's player of the year from last term with the Irishman stalling on a new contract offer.

The former Manchester City midfielder has become a key cog in Brian Laws' plans but the club could risk losing him for nothing come next summer should the player fail to sign a new deal at S6.

But Whelan has revealed he is happy playing his football at Hillsborough and does not want a move away from the club.

'I have never said I want to leave Sheffield Wednesday,' he told the Sheffield Star.

'I'm under contract. I have been offered a new deal but everyone knows I have not accepted it at this time.

'I'm not worried about the contract issue at the moment; I'm concentrating on playing in the starting 11. Last year, we had a terrific season and we were just unfortunate to miss out on the play-offs. But as a team, we want to do better. I did well but I don't want to sit back and relax on that - I want to play games and do better this year.'

Premiership side Reading were also rumoured to be mounting a 1.5 million offer for the former Republic of Ireland U21 captain, while Sunderland were also thought to be interested.

But Whelan is fully focussed on reaching the promised land in the blue and white of the Owls.

He added: 'From the club's point of view it's just speculation but it doesn't concern me at all.

'Any player would want to play in the Premiership, but it's not going to happen if we don't win games and that's what we need to do.'




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Date:Thursday August 16 2007

Time: 9:13AM

Your Comments

Didn't Brunt say similar things last week???
johnnywalker69
Certainly sounds familiar. I think the club would get a much needed boost if he would sign. Come on Glenn!
Disgruntled Owl
May play it down but still not very encouraging from him is it?
wednesdaytilidie
Blah blah blah... Brunt said pretty much the same thing and a couple of weeks later he's gone! I hear we're just looking to loan a left midfielder now?? From the Prem!! That means its probably gonna be someone from Derbys reserves! We really need to buy quality, i think Jeffers might come good eventually as his goalscoring record speaks for itself but a quality centre half and someone who can give a good supply to the strikers is essential! We have Small and Johnson but they are both right sided and i really hope he dosen't try playing Gilbert there! If Whelan resigns and we can bring those sort of players in (that have some calibre!) it might give the players the much needed boost they are after.
WestyOwl
is it just me or is this season feeling very long already? the only half decent left-winger who'd sign for us would be Arthur Scargill
HootingMad
Now Brian Laws is saying that we "haven't got the funds to compete with the top end" (of the division). The crux of this whole farce is that the board hoodwinked fans into buying season tickets based on the notion that we were going to be challenging for the play-offs, and as soon as everyone shelled out their 400+, they immediately changed their rhetoric and shifted the emphasis for the whole season. In other words - they lied.
onedeaddj
does anyone think adam virgo from celtic would be a good signing? get him, stefanovic, murphy and maybe even that oliech chap and i may....may.. just consider forgiving swfc!
mansfieldowl
yep, thats about the strength of it. They lied. Whats new
thewalkleyone
i know we all hate leeds scum but dont you think eddie lewis at leeds would do a job he plays left and scores from free kicks he wouldnt cost much
donnyowl
 

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