Transfer news: Jermaine Pennant on the lookout for a new club after Stoke confirm his departure

The Potters chose not to activate a clause in his contract that would have seen him stay until the end of the season

Stoke have announced winger Jermaine Pennant has left the club.

A statement on the Staffordshire outfit's website on Saturday confirmed Pennant had departed after they opted not to activate a clause in his contract that would have extended it until the end of the season.

The 31-year-old is now free to look for a new club, and the statement added: "The Potters would like to thank Jermaine for his efforts as a City player and wish him good luck for the future."

Pennant had been heading for the Britannia Stadium exit over the summer before being granted a reprieve by Mark Hughes, who succeeded Tony Pulis as Potters boss in May.

Stoke had announced in early July that, with his contract coming to an end, Pennant would be leaving, but later that month they confirmed he had signed a new one-year deal with them.

However, Pennant has featured just 11 times under Hughes and is now looking to get his career back on track elsewhere.

"I met with the manager and he was honest with me, which I appreciated," Pennant was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

"I wasn't playing and at 31 now I need to be playing games.

"I'd like to thank the club for the opportunity of a new challenge and would like to thank everyone at Stoke City and the fans for the fantastic support over the last few years.

"I'm looking forward to the new chapter in my life."

The former England Under-21 international initially joined the Potters in August 2010 when he was signed by Pulis on loan from Spanish side Real Zaragoza, and the switch was made permanent later in the 2010-11 season.

Pennant has made more than 80 appearances for Stoke but after featuring only twice last term - both appearances coming in August - he moved to Wolves for a three-month loan spell.

He arrived at Stoke with a reputation for getting into trouble off the pitch, and in the 2011-12 season he denied reports he had been fined by the club for twice breaking a curfew ahead of matches.

Then, at the end of that campaign, he was given an eight-week jail sentence, suspended for a year, and was disqualified from driving for three years after he admitted drink-driving.

 

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones