New loan signing Jermaine Pennant today hailed an “exciting move” as he headed into his first Wolves training session - and vowed to “give his all” during his time at Molineux.
The 29-year-old Stoke winger has swopped the Potters for the Wolves on a temporary basis until January, in search of more game time having found his opportunities limited at the Britannia Stadium so far this season.
And he is keen to showcase his talents as he aims to help Wolves keep their position towards the head of the npower Championship table.
“I’m excited to have made the loan move,” says Pennant.
“Wolves are a massive club and it’s been a tough game and a great encounter every time I’ve played against them.
“And there has always been a really good atmosphere in the games at Molineux which is a great ground.
“I’m just looking to do the best I can for Wolves and try to keep them towards the top of the table.
“Hopefully at the same time it will be good for me as well to get some games.
“Obviously it’s not gone as planned for me at Stoke so far this season.
“But I’ve got a great opportunity now.
“It is in the Championship but it is at a very good club in a very competitive league.
“Wolves are going well at the moment and are third in the table and hopefully I can help maintain that and give the team a boost.”
Pennant boasts plenty of Premier League pedigree, having not only played 76 games for Stoke over the last two seasons but previously having once been Arsenal’s youngest ever first team player and Liverpool’s Man of the Match in their Champions League final against AC Milan in 2007.
It is little wonder there were other teams interested when Stoke decided to make him available for loan, but he is pleased to have chosen Wolves.
He added: “There were other teams involved but with the stature of Wolves, and their position in the table, helped make my mind up.
“I did some research into it and know they want to play good football and have got good training facilities.
“It is close to home as well and in all was the perfect choice.
“If I can get on the ball as much as possible hopefully I can benefit the club.
“I have come in here to do a job as any professional would and I’m ready to give it my all.”
Having completed some medical and fitness testing yesterday Pennant is today joining in with full training – alongside several players he already knows – and is ready for a week’s work ahead of a possible debut at Huddersfield on Saturday.
But he acknowledges he needs to impress and can’t expect to walk straight into the team.
“I know Karl (Henry) from back with the England Under-21s a few years ago and also Sylvan Ebanks-Blake a bit from playing against him,” Pennant explains.
“All the lads have made me feel welcome and I feel a part of it already.
“I’m looking forward to my first proper training session today and the first game.
“It’s always a little bit like your first day at school when you’re at a new club but hopefully once I get going I’ll get into the pace of it straightaway.
“My fitness levels are great and I’m 100 per cent and I just came in and did a few medical tests and bits and pieces yesterday.
“I’m not presuming I’m going to go straight into the team on Saturday – I might be on the bench and need to get used to it a bit.
“After that there are two home games and by then I am sure I will be bedded in a lot more.”
Wolves players and fans may remember Pennant notching the third goal in a hugely disappointing night at the Britannia in a 3-0 defeat 18 months ago.
Now though he is committed to putting smiles on Wolves faces.
“I won’t be mentioning that one!” he says when asked about the goal.
“I’m playing in the black and gold now so hopefully can give Wolves fans some better memories of me.”