Republic of Ireland midfielder Glen Whelan has signed a one year deal with Scottish club Hearts according to RTE Sport. The 35-year-old Dubliner has been out of contract since leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season. He has since been a free agent but it is reported that Whelan held talks with Craig Levine (manager of Hearts) over the past few weeks and it has now been confirmed he put pen to paper on a one-year deal.
Speaking to the club TV channel, Hearts TV, Whelan was delighted that he signed a deal. He said “I’m delighted. I just want to get the head down and get stuck into things,” He continued that he trained a few days with the team but he admitted that the manager played a massive role in getting him to the club, he said the manager has been crucial in getting me up here, to be honest. He’s shown a lot of ambition in where he wants the club to go.”I came up training with the lads for a couple of days last week and was really impressed. At the stage I’m at, I’ve got all the kids and they are settled in school but we got things sorted. I’m up here now and ready to dig in and get some results.
Hearts have made a poor start to the season by losing their first two games. They did, however, finish 6th last season. Whelan could make his debut this coming Friday when Hearts play in the Betfred Scottish Cup against Motherwell. Whelan is also expected to be included in Mick McCarthy’s squad he has won 86 caps for his country to date.