STOKE CITY are delighted to announce that Jermaine Pennant has signed a new one-year contract with the Club.
The 30-year-old winger has been handed the opportunity of a fresh start at the Britannia Stadium after impressing manager Mark Hughes with his desire to recapture the success he enjoyed in the early part of his City career.
Pennant, who was due to be released by the Potters at the end of the 2012-13 season, will now remain with the Club after being offered the one year deal.
“I’ve admired Jermaine from afar and there is no question about his ability,” said City’s manager in confirming the deal.
“I am looking to introduce more creativity and attacking options to the side, qualities Jermaine can certainly offer us.”
He added: “I had a very positive meeting with him and it’s now up to him to show everyone what he is capable of doing.”
City’s Chief Executive Tony Scholes commented: “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 joined Stoke in 2010 in a loan deal from La Liga side Real Zaragoza initially before making his switch permanent later in the same year.
He has made more than 70 appearances for the Club and established himself as a firm favourite with the fans, playing his part in the run to a first-ever FA Cup Final.
However, he slipped out of favour last season and had a three-month loan spell in the Championship with Wolves. Pennant made just two first team appearances for the Potters, but Hughes believes he can be part of his future plans at the Britannia Stadium.