Potters stand by Pennant
Stoke are set to stand by Jermaine Pennant and have backed him to rediscover his best form when he returns for pre-season.
The winger had a troubled season on and off the field in the last campaign which ended up with him being handed a suspended jail sentence for drink driving. However City coach Mark O'Connor is backing Pennant to put his troubles behind him and hopes he will once again start to show the kind of form that terrorises opposition defences. O'Connor says the problems have now been dealt with and both the club and player are ready to move on. "What's gone on in private has been dealt with and is in the past," O'Connor told the Sentinal. "Like everyone else, he starts afresh next season. No points and 38 cup finals to play. "You have to look forward now. He's our player, and one of our best players, and let's hope he comes back with a positive frame of mind and shows us what a good player he is." Stoke are on the look out for a new winger with Matt Jarvis of Wolves a target but that does not mean the end of Pennant, who will be prominent in Tony Pulis' thoughts this season.