New Stoke deal for Pennant

Stoke have confirmed that winger Jermaine Pennant has signed a new one-year deal with the club.

Last Updated: 18/06/13 at 18:03 Post Comment

Jermaine Pennant: Staying at Stoke after all

Jermaine Pennant: Staying at Stoke after all

Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant has signed a new one-year deal with the club.

The Potters had announced earlier this month that, with his contract coming to an end, Pennant would be leaving them this summer.

But the 30-year-old has been handed the chance of a fresh start at the Britannia Stadium after impressing new Stoke manager Mark Hughes, who in May was appointed as successor to Tony Pulis.

Hughes told the club's official website: "I've admired Jermaine from afar and there is no question about his ability.

"I am looking to introduce more creativity and attacking options to the side, qualities Jermaine can certainly offer us.

"I had a very positive meeting with him and it's now up to him to show everyone what he is capable of doing.''

Former England Under-21 international Pennant initially joined Stoke in August 2010 on a loan deal from Spanish side Real Zaragoza, before making the switch permanent later in the 2010-11 season.

He has made more than 70 appearances for the Potters but after featuring only twice last term - both appearances coming in August - he moved to Wolves for a three-month loan spell.

Pennant admits last season was "very frustrating'' for him, but insists he never wanted to leave Stoke.

Regarding his new contract, he said: "I'm over the moon really. I always wanted to stay here.

"I've enjoyed every minute of my time here, even the downs.

"Obviously with the old manager, things didn't work out, but getting a new contract now shows that I wasn't to blame.

"But that is gone and done and dusted. Here and now we have a new manager in and hopefully we can take the big step forward that all the fans want.

"A big part of me enjoying this club and staying at this club is the fans, who from the day I signed until now have been absolutely fantastic and have been wishing me all the best for the future, either here or elsewhere.''

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said: "We have been impressed with Jermaine's determination to prove any doubters wrong.

"He clearly had a difficult time last season, but the Stoke fans love him and he loves them. We believe that at 30 years of age, he still has a lot to offer.

"The one-year contract, which has the option to be extended beyond that, has been structured in a way which should ensure he focuses on his performances on the field.''

Pennant arrived at Stoke with a reputation for getting into trouble off the pitch, and in the 2011-12 season he denied reports that he had been fined by the club for twice breaking a curfew ahead of matches.

Then, at the end of that campaign, he was given an eight-week jail sentence, suspended for a year, and was disqualified from driving for three years after he admitted drink-driving.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

f he can find the right player? Surely the manager of one of Europe's top clubs has a well-researched short-list and has a good idea of who he wants to bring on-board? If I can find the right player sounds like someone going out on Saturday night on the pull, and the nearer you get to midnight the lower your standards drop.

CamberleyGooner
Wenger to buy centre-half

C

an someone point Brenda towards the real premier league table rather than the imaginary table in Brenda Land

bludsucker
Rodgers still targets top four

P

lease, please 365 can you find out what he drinks and let me know?

citymanofoz
Rodgers still targets top four

Footer 365

Premier League: QPR start contract talks with Charlie Austin - Sky sources

Queens Park Rangers have opened contract talks with striker Charlie Austin, according to Sky sources.

Sepp Blatter intends to run for a fifth term as president of FIFA

Sepp Blatter has "every intention" of running for a fifth term as FIFA president, according to officials close to him.

Transfer news: Inter Milan reveal interest in Liverpool midfielder Lucas but not Tottenham's Aaron Lennon

Inter Milan have dismissed reports they want Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon during January, but admit Liverpool's Lucas is a target.

Mail Box

Wenger Has Made Arsenal Mentally Weak

We have plenty of reaction to yesterday's result, with Mailers sick of Wenger, Mertesacker and Skrtel in particular. Plus why it's not yet time for 'Austin for England'...

More Players In The Wrong Bloody Shirt

Plus Cristiano Ronaldo, who looks 'heart-breakingly well-suited to a Real Madrid shirt' according to one United fan. Plus, words from the good doctor and plenty more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property