Premier League: Jermaine Pennant impresses Stoke City boss Mark Hughes
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is confident he can get the best out of Jermaine Pennant, saying he is ready to 'kick on'.
Last Updated: 21/06/13 3:05pm
Pennant was set to be released this summer by former Britannia Stadium manager Tony Pulis - but the 30-year-old has since impressed Hughes.
The former Liverpool and Arsenal player has earned a new one-year contract to provide room to develop over the new season.
Hughes said in the Daily Star: "I think I can take him on.
"One of my backroom staff, Eddie Niedzwiecki, worked with him at Arsenal so he knows him well. There's a personal relationship there that we can build on and revisit.
"He will enjoy the day-to-day work we do as well, it is very player orientated. So the type of work we do on a daily basis will encourage him, I am sure.
"I needed to sit down with Jermaine and just talk to him one-to-one. I sense he still has more to give Stoke City and that he is really motivated to kick on."