Liverpool signing Corey has Dromintee connections

May 16, 2016

Republic of Ireland youth international, Corey Whelan has signed his first professional contract with Premier League side Liverpool. The Chester born 18 year old defender grew up as a Liverpool supporter and cites Steven Gerrard as his idol  defender, signed for the club as an U10 after leaving Crewe Alexandra, Corey  has since gone on to make appearances for the U18s and the U21s. After being a crucial part of both of these sides, the Irishman has put pen to paper on his first professional contract.

Corey has local connections to Dromintee where Corey’s grandfather Paddy was a Senior player with the club. His grandmother Catherine Frances O’Rourke, Faughilotra, Jonesboro is a sister of former Dromintee players James and Brendan O’Rourke who are respective grand nephews and nieces of Corey’s

Whelan made his debut for Neil Critchley’s U18s in the 2013/14 season, playing primarily as a central defender. However, since then, he has been known to play as a full-back if required, but that has been more notably for Michael Beale’s U21s.

He made his debut for the U21s as a 17-year-old in April 2015, playing the full 90 minutes in the Reds’ 3-1 win at Tottenham. He has also been a key figure for the U18s this season, helping them qualify for the play-off stages of the U18s Premier League. Alongside Conor Masterson and Michel Parker, Corey helped the Reds progress to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup. He did suffer an ankle injury earlier this season, which kept him sidelined for six weeks, but made his comeback in the 2-1 defeat at Arsenal in March.

Whelan has also played for the Reds’ U19s side in the UEFA Youth League, one of Europe’s best youth competitions, making seven appearances. In those games, he has played against teams such as Benfica and Real Madrid.

Corey will be hoping to make as big an impression at Liverpool under the new Klopp revolution, as did fellow Irish International namesake Ronnie Whelan in his days as a Red.