Despite a career blighted by off-field controversy, former Arsenal and Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant has secured himself a playing contract in the Far East to further his time as a professional footballer.
According to reports as per The Sun, the Englishman has signed a deal with Singapore S-League side Tampines Rovers to become the league's highest-paid player.
The news comes following a two-week trial undertaken by the 33-year-old at the club to prove his ability.
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Chairman Krishna Ramachandra refused to reveal any of the contract's details, though it's expected to include a pay packet worth £19,500-per-month.
He said: "The financial component is one not typical to what we traditionally pay our players.
"We’ve been fortunate that a couple of sponsors have stepped up to absorb the cost associated with the signing-on."
After his unveiling at a press conference, Pennant expressed his happiness at the move despite the quality on offer.
"I don’t look at it as a lesser league. It’s just another chapter in my career," he said.
Pennant originally shot to fame in 1998 when Arsene Wenger brought a then 15-year-old to north London for a record £2 million from Notts County, making him the most expensive teenager at the time.
His career at Arsenal ended in 2005 due to various off-field controversies, which continued at Birmingham City following his move.
A nation renowned as sticklers for the law, Pennant will have to rein in his misdemeanours and prove he's worth the money Tampines Rovers are willing to spend on him.
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