Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan has signed a new two-year contract extension with Stoke City.

Whelan joined the club from Sheffield Wednesday in January 2008, helping them to promotion in the Premier League and becoming an important member of the squad in the top flight.

Striker Peter Crouch has also agreed a new deal with the club.

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said: “Players like Glenn and Peter are very much the backbone of our squad and we’re delighted they have committed to spend at least another two years with the Club.

“They have both proved to be fantastic signings for Stoke City. The experience they bring to bear on the side, both on and off the pitch, cannot be under-estimated and they still have so much to offer.”

Manager Mark Hughes added: “We’ve been talking to both players for a while and it’s pleasing that both want to stay and be a part of what we are striving to achieve at the Club.

“They are both fantastic professionals who had contributed a great deal to Stoke City long before I joined the Club and have continued to do so. I’m delighted they are staying with us for at least another couple of years.”