Date: 28th July 2017 at 1:24pm
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When the new Premier League season gets underway shortly Stoke will be without a couple of familiar faces.

A number of players have left the bet365 Stadium this summer but they hadn’t served Stoke as loyally as Glenn Whelan and Jonathan Walters – aside from his wobble a few years back – had.

Whelan, arriving in 2008, has moved on to Aston Villa. Meanwhile, Walters, Whelan’s Republic of Ireland teammate, remains in the Premier League after joining Burnley after seven seasons with Stoke.

Both left recently but have now come in for praise from Chief Executive Tony Scholes.

‘It`s sad to see them go and it`s important we give our recognition of them and what they`ve done for us. Both Jon and Glenn can look back at their time at this football club with great pride and a great feeling of achievement,’ he told the Official Website.

Looking specifically at Whelan he said: ‘Take Glenn first of all, he was here for nine-and-a-half years and I remember the day he signed when we were still in the Championship. He has been a magnificent servant; time and time again he stepped up and saw off players who maybe came in to take his position.’

Adding: ‘Glenn perhaps didn`t have the most glamorous of positions, but he was a player the manager could always rely on and we wish him well because he`s a player that will always be welcomed back here for all that he`s achieved.’

On Walters, who hasn’t been in Staffordshire as long as his countryman but had offered as valuable a contribution, in a different way, as Whelan, Scholes went on to say he’ll do well at Turf Moor.

Walters was wished well, until he faces Stoke, with Scholes concluding they could, in fact should, look back on their time with the Potters with ‘great pride’ and ‘achievement.’

‘Jon hasn`t been here for quite as long, but again he`s been a great servant and has had some great moments. He`s scored some great goals for us and is a player, who every time he stepped foot on the pitch, you knew he would give his all. He goes to a competitor in Burnley, so we hope he doesn`t do too well when he plays against us but both he and Glenn can look back at their time at this football club with great pride and a great feeling of achievement.’

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