He started his career at Manchester City but only made one appearance which came in the UEFA Cup and after a loan spell at Bury he moved on to play for Sheffield Wednesday, with whom he won promotion to the Championship in May 2005. In January 2008 Whelan joined Stoke City for a fee of £500,000 with whom he helped gain promotion to the Premier League.
Whelan started his career with Manchester City joining from Irish feeder club Cherry Orchard in 2001. He made one solitary appearance in the UEFA Cup coming on as a substitute for Paul Bosvelt against Total Network Solutions in August 2003, before joining Bury on a one-month loan the following month. After appearing in the Republic of Ireland's World Youth Cup campaign in November and December, he returned to Bury on another one-month loan on 24 December 2003.
Whelan joined Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer in the summer of 2004. He was vital in securing a play-off place for the club, starting a total of 41 games and scoring four goals. Whelan was voted "man of the match" in... Read More