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“I’M READY FOR THE FIGHT.” – JERMAINE PENNANT

21 February 2015

Pennant raring to go and ready to roll his sleeves up.

  • Pennant joins Latics on free transfer until the end of the season.
  • Winger to wear number 15 shirt during time with Latics.
  • 32-year-old determined to ‘muck in’.
After completing his move to Wigan Athletic on a free transfer until the end of the season following a week training with the first team squad, new signing Jermaine Pennant set out his aims at the club, and thanked manager Malky Mackay for the faith shown in him.

“I’ve enjoyed the last week.  It’s a good bunch of lads and training has been good,” said Pennant.

“As soon as I got my boots on and back out onto the training pitch I was full of excitement, straight back into football mode, I’ve had a very good week in training and I’m feeling in good shape.

“The manager has been very optimistic about me joining and it’s nice to know that somebody is keen on me, it’s always a great plus.”

The 32-year-old was at the DW Stadium on Friday evening as Latics fell to a 3-0 defeat against Charlton Athletic, on the game and on Latics’ current position, he added:

“It’s a difficult position for the club.  Friday’s game showed just how much effort is going to be needed from now until the end of the season.

“There were a host of factors that went against us against Charlton, because the pitch didn’t look great, the injuries in the first half really didn’t help and in the last two games, three players have been replaced through injury.

“Everything seems to be going against us at the minute and it’s a difficult time.”

Pennant continued:

“It’s a fight down at the bottom, it’s a simple as that, but we’ve got 14 games to go and it’s by no means over.

“All we need to do is get a couple of victories in a row and get that confidence back to help us stay in this league.”

When asked what qualities he can bring to the table, the former Liverpool and Stoke City winger said he’s got a mixture of grit and creativity.

“I’m going to give everything I’ve got, it’s a fight, so the main thing is I’ve got to muck in.

“Working hard is the main thing when you’re fighting against relegation and I’m prepared to do that.

“I’m not afraid of doing the dirty work, whether that’s running up and down the length of the pitch or putting in some telling challenges.

“I’ve been in fights like this before.  I’ve played in FA Cup finals, in the Champions League, but I’ve also been at the low points of fighting to survive, so I think that will help me a lot in this league with Wigan and hopefully that experience can pay off.

“At the same time I’m looking to bring a bit more creativity to the team.  Hopefully I can score some goals and give our front men some service.

“My game is all about getting crosses into the box, whether that’s from set pieces or open play, ultimately we need to score goals and I want to help in providing those chances.”

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