The Irish international started his career at Manchester City but was unable to make the breakthrough and dropped two divisions to Sheffield Wednesday where he forged a strong reputation.
His career really took off in 2008. He joined Stoke and played a part in their promotion to the Premier League and was then rewarded for his performances by earning a call-up to Giovanni Trapattoni's first squad as Ireland manager.
The Italian took a shine to the Dubliner and immediately put him into his side as a starting midfielder. He has always been selected when available, and made more appearances than any other Irish player on the road to qualification for Euro 2012.
Whelan married his long-term partner Karen Byrne last summer before going to Poland. They have two children. He is on a lucrative contract worth in the region of £30,000 (€35,000) a week.
The 28-year-old hails from Trinidad and Tobago and has been based in England since 2004, spending three years at Southampton and a further three at Sunderland after being signed for £6m by then-manager Roy Keane.
He then joined Stoke for a club record £8m in 2010 but has struggled to get a regular run in the side. It is anticipated that Jones could leave the club this summer.
Manager Pulis attributed Jones's early struggles at the club to personal problems. The tall striker split with his wife and mother of his three children, Avalon, in 2011.