Jermaine Pennant has signed a new one-year contract with Stoke City, the very same club who told him that he had no future at the club at the end of last season.

The decision comes 12 days after the club confirmed that he would leave the Britannia Stadium. 

The English winger will join up with new Stoke boss Mark Hughes, having been one of seven players whose contracts did not get renewed at the end of last season.

The player originally joined Stoke from Spanish side Real Zaragoza on loan in 2010 before making the switch permanent in the same year. 

He has made 77 appearances for the club before falling down the pecking order, making only 2 showings last season before a three-month loan spell with then Championship side Wolves. 

Hughes believes that he can get the best out of Pennant, a player who has had a few off the field incidences that have blighted his career, he was jailed in 2005 for drink driving while banned for which he was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

He was paroled after 30 and made to wear an electronic tag even during games. 

Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes added: "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."


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