Pennant told to stay focused
Tony Pulis has warned Jermaine Pennant not to be complacent now he has secured a permanent deal at Stoke.
Last Updated: 30/12/10 2:30pm
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has warned Jermaine Pennant not to be complacent now he has secured a permanent deal at the Britannia Stadium.
The Potters announced on Wednesday the winger had signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at the club, just as his loan stint from Primera Liga side Real Zaragoza was coming to a close.
The 27-year-old, a former Arsenal and Liverpool man, has impressed for Pulis' side following his arrival in the summer, and the manager does not want to see any relent in his form.
"It's very important now that Jermaine realises and recognises that he has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract and we are expecting him to continue playing as well as he has done since we've had him on loan," said Pulis.
"Players sometimes have something to fight and work for and they pull all the stops out to do that.
"We have given him the contract and the first thing I said to Jermaine was, 'Now make sure you don't take your foot off the pedal.'
"He has been exceptional for us, the players like him, he is good around the place and he has worked hard in training.
"The last thing we want now is Jermaine signing the contract and then thinking, 'I've got two-and-a-half years, I can take my foot off the pedal.'
"We are not paying him the money we are and we have not paid the money we have to Zaragoza for him to come here now and think, 'I can put my feet under the table'."
Zaragoza were initially understood to be asking around £6million for Pennant, but Pulis secured his signature for a fee of £1.725m, which could eventually rise to £2.8m.
The manager insists timing was crucial in getting a good deal, adding "The biggest thing with Jermaine's deal for me was always going to be how late we could leave it to do it.
"I think if we had signed him straight away it would have cost us a lot more money.
"It was just making sure the deal was what we thought was right for the football club, and to do that we had to wait until the last minute."