Stoke boss Hughes has faith in Pennant

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has backed winger Jermaine Pennant to make the most of his second opportunity at the club, Sky Sports is reporting, after the 30-year-old signed a new one-year contract this summer despite initially being released.

Pennant fell out of favour with previous Potters boss Tony Pulis and as a result made just two appearances for Stoke last season, before making 15 appearances on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

But after Hughes was appointed as Pulis’ successor at the beginning of June Pennant was given a second chance to impress, and the former Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City boss is hopeful that his faith will be repaid.

He’s been given another opportunity here,” Hughes said. “He loves the club, he didn’t want to leave. He thought possibly he would have to but things change very quickly in football and he’s got another chance.

I’m sure he’ll take it because he’s a good guy and he works hard. I think people sometimes get the wrong impression of Jermaine but he wants to play football and he wants to make an impression for us.

Pennant has had a fairly nomadic career, playing for eight clubs including, Arsenal and Liverpool, in the last 11 years, and has made a total of 78 appearances for Stoke, scoring three goals.

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