Jermaine Pennant pledges future to Stoke despite Wigan rumours

 

Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant has pledged his future to the midlands club following speculation he might make the switch to Wigan.

Allegations of a rift with Stoke manager Tony Pulis and the signing of Michael Kightly from Wolves had led to talk of a move to Wigan as a possible replacement for Chelsea target Victor Moses.

However, Pennant denied the rumours and promised he is looking to make a fresh start at the Britannia Stadium.

"The fans might have been wondering if I might be going. I respect the fans a lot and said I would always be honest with them," the 29-year-old told the Stoke Sentinel.

"If for one moment I was thinking of packing my bags, then I would tell them straight up - but I have never said or indicated that I wanted to leave.

"The first I knew about the Wigan story was on Twitter when somebody asked if I was going. No-one spoke to me or my agent. I think it was just speculation because we'd just signed Michael Kightly."

Pennant is now looking to put off-field problems, including a recent drink-drive conviction, behind him ahead of the new season.

He said: "It's been very up and down. It's not how I wanted it to go, but that is life. You've got to deal with what comes your way. It's a new season now, a fresh start."

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