Glenn Whelan will be playing for more than just a Stoke victory on Saturday against Manchester City; the star midfielder also wants a win for personal reasons.
Whelan started his career with City, training with the club and hoping to eventually be chosen for a game, but manager Kevin Keegan overlooked the Ireland International, and Whelan was released to move to Sheffield Wednesday.
"It was coming up to the end of the season, I'd been out on loan and got a taste for it,” Whelan told reporters of the difficult time in his career.
"There was interest from Sheffield Wednesday and Kevin Keegan said he didn't think I was going to break in this year or next year so the best thing would be to go out and play games.
"It hurt. I was still only 20, 21. I thought I was going to be with Man City and be playing for them but it didn't work out like that."
Stoke are heading into the first FA Cup final in their history against Manchester City on Saturday, and Whelan says he will be channeling a want for revenge against the club that let him go.
"I was there for six years and loved it,” Whelan recalls.
“When I left I always used to look out for their results. But it's different now. It would be good to get one over on them."
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