Right-sided midfielder Simon
Whaley joined Norwich from Preston on 24th July 2009 for
a small undisclosed fee following prolonged transfer negotiations
and medical tests.
Whaley began his career with Bury for whom he made his debut
in October 2002. He played 85 times for the Shakers before transferring
to Preston for £300,000 in January 2006. He made his debut
in the league match against Millwall on January 14th 2006 and
went on to score 3 times in 17 games that season. The following
year started well and he ended the season with 7 goals in 33 starts.
Falling out with manager Alan Irvine, Whaley was loaned to Barnsley
in November 2008 for a month. At the time of his transfer to Norwich,
he had made 120 appearances for Preston, scoring 14 goals.
Simon made his debut
for Norwich in the 7-1 shock home defeat to Colchester on the
opening day of the 2009/10 season. After making six appearances
for Norwich, Whaley was loaned by new Norwich manager Paul
Lambert to Rochdale for a month on 18th September 2009. Simon
needs games, said Lambert. He came to me and
asked if he could go out on loan if he wasn't in our immediate
plans, and this move gives him the chance to get some games under
After making 9 appearances
for Rochdale, scoring twice, he returned to Carrow Road on 19th
November 2009 after Dale were unable to agree a deal to extend
his stay at Spotland. The following day, he signed for Bradford
City on loan until 2nd January 2010.
Whaley was released
by Norwich in January 2010 and joined Oldham on trial in February
2010 and played in the 2-0 Manchester Senior Cup win against Bury.
Whaley signed for Chesterfield
on 19th February 2010 and scored on his debut the following day
in a 3-2 win at Darlington. He picked up an injury in March that
required an operation while on a short-term deal with Chesterfield
and finished the season looking for a new club.
His recent injury can be traced back to an operation he had at
the age of 18 to remove some cartilage from his left knee - a
procedure that left the joint almost bone on bone. The specialist
has put the winger on a tailor-made programme to strengthen the
area by building the muscle groups around the knee and he is confident
he will soon be ready to return.
In July 2010, Whaley
joined first club Bury on trial. Whaley also had a brief spell
training in the summer of 2010 with Conference National team Fleetwood
In October 2010, it
was reported that Whaley was re-training to become an electrician.
The following month, after a week's trial, he signed for Doncaster
Rovers on non-contract terms and was an unused substitute in the
3-2 win at Portsmouth on Saturday 13th November 2010. Whaley told
the Sheffield Star: "My career has hit a bit of a stalemate
at this moment in time. But thanks to the gaffer here (Sean O'Driscoll)
deciding to take a look at me I've got another chance."It's
up to me to prove myself between now and January. I've only been
here for just over a week and I feel good. I wouldn't say that
I'm 100% match fit, but that will only come when I've got some
games under my belt."I can play on either flank or up front
and hopefully I can do a job for the team
Whaley and fellow midfielder
Robbie Clark had their contract with Doncaster terminated by mutual
consent on 12th January 2011
Whaley joined Burton
Albion on a short term deal on 4th March 2011. Brewers boss Paul
Peschisolido said: "He's got an opportunity here to
re-establish his career. He's a good player but
he's been out for a little while now. I think he can really benefit
us with the amount of games we've got left to play."
Whaley made his debut
as a substitute the following day in the 4-1 defeat to Crewe and
He made two further
appearances for Burton before leaving, unhappy that he had been
left on the bench against Gillingham
In July 2011, Whaley
joined Plymouth on trial but signed for Northern League Chorley
the following month