Glenn Whelan has signed a new deal with Fleetwood Town keeping him at the League One club for the 2020/21 season.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder had signed a short-term contract with the Lancashire outfit in January after moving from Scottish Premiership side Hearts.

Whelan, 36, went on to play 13 games for Fleetwood, and helped them reach the League One play-off semi-finals, where they were defeated by eventual winners Wyvombe Wanderers.

A statement released by the club read: "Fleetwood Town are delighted to announce Glenn Whelan has signed a contract extension with the club.

"The 36-year-old was an ever-present in Joey Barton's side after joining in January 2020 and was vital in the side’s 11-match unbeaten streak at the end of the season.

"After leading Joey Barton’s men to the play-offs the 36-year-old has now agreed a new deal at the club which will see him contracted until the summer of 2021."

Barton was particularly happy to secure Whelan's signature for another season.

"I'm delighted to have Glenn for another season, 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."

The Fleetwood manager added that he hopes to help Whelan reach 100 Ireland caps, with the veteran currently on 91.

"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," he said.

Another Irish player, Paddy Madden, signed a contract last summer to keep him at Fleetwood until 2022. 

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