Stoke City has extended the contract of the English winger Jermaine Pennant by 1 year. Pennant’s two and half years’ contract with Stoke had expired at the end of the last season.
At the start of this month, Stoke had announced that Pennant’s contract would not be renewed and he would be leaving the club this summer, but, it seems that the 30 years old winger has managed to impress the new boss Mark Hughes.
Announcing the extension of Pennant’s contract, Hughes said, “I am a great admirer of Jermaine. He has played all around the world in the last 15 years and has done well everywhere. It’s always good to have such a hugely experienced player in the side.”
The chief executive of Stoke City, Tony Scholes, was also there in the press conference. He said, “In the last season, Jermaine did struggle a bit, but, he is determined to make up for that next season. He is a tough character and despite being in his 30s, he is as energetic as anybody in the squad.”
Pennant had signed for the Potters in December 2010 after leaving Real Zaragoza. Stoke bought him after paying a transfer fee of 1.73 million Pounds.
Pennant got only a few playing opportunities in the second half of the 2010-11 season, but, he managed to make his mark in those matches.
Unfortunately, Pennant couldn’t carry on that form in the next season. He was inconsistent throughout the season and at the end of the season, there were talks of him being put on sale by Stoke. However, that didn’t happen eventually and Pennant continued to be a part of Stoke City.
In the last season, Pennant found it hard to find a place in the starting XI. The new signing Michael Kightly was preferred ahead of him in most of the matches.
In October last year, Pennant was placed on loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers for 3 months. He didn’t have a great time there either. He returned back to his parent club in January this year and kept warming the bench for the remaining part of the season.