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Hughes: Pennant to kick on

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is confident he can get the best out of Jermaine Pennant and believes the winger is ready to 'kick on'.

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Jermaine Pennant: Earned a new one-year deal after impressing Mark Hughes

Jermaine Pennant: Earned a new one-year deal after impressing Mark Hughes

Pennant was set to be released this summer by former Britannia Stadium manager Tony Pulis - but the 30-year-old has since impressed Hughes.

The former Liverpool and Arsenal player has earned a new one-year contract to provide room to develop over the new season.

Hughes said in the Daily Star: "I think I can take him on.

"One of my backroom staff, Eddie Niedzwiecki, worked with him at Arsenal so he knows him well. There's a personal relationship there that we can build on and revisit.

"He will enjoy the day-to-day work we do as well, it is very player orientated. So the type of work we do on a daily basis will encourage him, I am sure.

"I needed to sit down with Jermaine and just talk to him one-to-one. I sense he still has more to give Stoke City and that he is really motivated to kick on."

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