Marked man Pennant open to second S.League season
When he signed for Tampines Rovers, Jermaine Pennant was aware that he was a marked man.
True enough, S.League defenders have been putting in hard challenges to halt the Englishman in his tracks.
So much so that the 33-year-old, who was a star in the 2007 Champions League final with Liverpool, has seen his season interrupted by injury.
“I have been getting a lot of attention from opposing defenders on the pitch, a lot of rough play, a lot of kicks here and there, so it has been hard for me to fully recover,” Pennant told FourFourTwo.
After a long spell on the sidelines, the Stags’ marquee signing made a welcome return on Wednesday evening against Ceres La Salle to pull the strings in midfield for a Tampines side depleted by injuries as well as the suspensions of captain Mustafic Fahrudin and Shakir Hamzah.
Even against the foreign counterparts, Pennant was still a target of tough tackles, as the 3-2 extra-time win over Ceres proved.
But despite it all, the 33-year-old has enjoyed his time here and is open to extending his contract with Tampines.
This would not seem like a bad choice. After all, Pennant has scored five goals in 23 games for the Stags, including a masterful performance in the crucial AFC Cup victory over Selangor at the Sports Hub,
“It is not up to me, it is all down to the club, I have enjoyed it all, if they want to keep me for another season, I am sure they know what they have to do,” he added.
While it is unclear whether he would be staying for another term with the club, Pennant insisted his goal now was to help the team successfully challenge for honours on three fronts - in the League, Singapore Cup and AFC Cup.
“We will take it one game at a time, and see where it leads us. Hopefully we can take Albirex down to the last game of the season,” he expressed.
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