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Tuesday 18 June 2013

Jermaine Pennant signs new contract with Stoke

Winger pens one-year deal after impressing new Potters manager Mark Hughes

Jermaine Pennant has been offered the chance of a fresh start with Stoke City

Stoke City winger Jermaine Pennant has signed a one-year contract with the club after impressing new manager Mark Hughes.

The 30-year-old had played only one Barclays Premier League match for the club last season before embarking on a three-month loan spell with Wolverhampton Wanderers. He was set to be released by Stoke at the end of the season but has been offered a fresh start and will be at the club for the new campaign.

"It's now up to him to show everyone what he is capable of doing"
Mark Hughes

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

Pennant, who has also played for Arsenal, Watford, Leeds United and Liverpool, joined Stoke on loan from Real Zaragoza in 2010 before signing a permanent deal at the start of 2011.

He has made a total of 57 League appearances for Stoke, scoring three times.

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Key Points

  • Jermaine Pennant signs new one-year deal with Stoke City
  • Winger was set to be released from Britannia Stadium at the end of the season
  • The 30-year-old has impressed new Potters manager Mark Hughes