Ireland star Corey Whelan signs new contract at Liverpool
Corey Whelan has signed a new deal with Liverpool.
The Republic of Ireland under-21 player captain's Liverpool's under-23 side who are enjoying a fine season.
The CHester-born defender qualifies for Ireland through his mother who hails from Armagh and he also has family background in Wicklow. His cousin Aidan O'Rourke was part of the Armagh footballers that won the 2002 All-Ireland title.
A statement released by Liverpool today read: "Liverpool U23s captain Corey Whelan has signed a new contract with the club.
"The defender, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Sunday, penned fresh terms with the Reds to extend a stay that began when he joined the Academy as an U10 player.
"Whelan – a Republic of Ireland youth international – switched to Merseyside from Crewe Alexandra, where he was coached by current Liverpool U23s manager Neil Critchley.
"He was handed the captain’s armband for Critchley’s in-form side, who lead Premier League 2 by six points after a dozen games, at the beginning of the season."