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Republic of Ireland international signs Liverpool contract

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 his cousin Aidan O'Rourke was part of the Armagh footballers that won the 2002 All-Ireland title. Corey also has family background in Wicklow

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."

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