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Whelan wants Potters future

Midfielder wants to fight for his place at Stoke

Last Updated: 09/12/08 7:09pm

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Whelan: Determined

Whelan: Determined

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Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan has reiterated his determination to stay at the Britannia and play his part in helping the Potters' push to stay in the Premier League.

The 24-year-old has only started one league game for the Potters so far this term - the opening day 3-1 defeat at Bolton.

But he played for the longest he has in any Premier League game so far when replacing the injured Salif Diao after 21 minutes in the two-goal comeback against Newcastle on Saturday.

The former Sheffield Wednesday player, who signed from the Owls in January, says he is determined to stay and fight for his place for as long as he is wanted by boss Tony Pulis.

He told the Sentinel: "As long as I am wanted here, I will stay and give it my all.

"If the manager says you are not in his plans then you have to look elsewhere, but at the moment the manager has told me I am in his plans.

Working hard

"I am here and working hard trying to get back into the team. Going out on loan is not something I have been looking at."

He added: "I believe in my own ability, it is just getting the chance to go out and put it into match mode.

"But we have a lot of decent players in this squad. Everyone is waiting for the chance to show the manager what they can do.

"And it is going to be tough if you do get there because there are other boys biting at the bit to take your spot."

Whelan wants regular first-team football to bolster his chances of staying in the Republic of Ireland side.

Big thing

He said: "It is going to be a big thing.

"You want to play in as many games as you can for your club and I am no different.

"Getting back in the team, staying in the Republic squad and playing internationals is a big thing for me."

While impressing personally in the 2-2 comeback against Newcastle, Whelan was more pleased that his side had earned a point at St James' Park.

He added: "I don't think it is about proving points but I have done myself no harm.

"It is not about individuals, it is about the team and it is a big confidence boost to have come from 2-0 down to get something out of the game."

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