Jermaine Pennant: Stoke City release winger
Stoke City have released winger Jermaine Pennant after deciding against extending his contract.
The 31-year-old was initially released in the summer, only to be handed a new deal 12 days later.
He made 11 appearances this season, scoring in a 1-0 win at West Ham.
Jermaine Pennant facts
- Born 15 January 1983 in Nottingham
- A Notts County trainee, Pennant joined Arsenal for £2m in 1999
- Failed to establish himself with the Gunners, going on loan to Watford, Leeds and Birmingham before signing for Blues for a reported £3m in 2005
- Moved to Liverpool for £6.7m and played in 2007 Champions League final
- Joined Stoke on loan in 2010 and then signed for £1.7m in 2011 after a spell with Spanish side Real Zaragoza
- Pennant played for England Under-21s but never received a senior call-up. Expressed interest in a Republic of Ireland call-up that never came
"The club opted not to activate a clause to extend his existing contract until the end of the season, thereby leaving the winger free to look for a new club," a statement read.
Former Arsenal and Liverpool wideman Pennant, who joined the Potters from Real Zaragoza in 2010, made 88 appearances in total for the Potters and played in the 2011 FA Cup final.
After playing only twice for the first team last season, and having a loan spell at Wolves, he was released by new boss Mark Hughes in June before the Welshman changed his mind.
His final action for Stoke was to concede a last-minute penalty to Everton on New Year's Day for a foul on Leon Osman, with the Toffees scoring to rescue a 1-1 draw.
Pennant is free to join a new club immediately but he can also move after the transfer window as a free agent.