Pennant won't jump ship
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Birmingham's Jermaine Pennant has pledged his future to the Second City club.
Birmingham winger Jermaine Pennant has pledged his future to the Second City club even if the very worst happens and the club lose their top flight status at the end of the season.
Saturday's undeserved 1-1 draw with closest rivals West Bromwich Albion at St Andrews left Blues' survival hopes hanging by a thread.
Steve Bruce's side are three points adrift of fourth-from-bottom Albion but, with a game in hand, Pennant is of the belief that Blues can still beat the drop.
Even if the club do go down, however, Pennant, who is likely to be one of Blues' more coveted players, has vowed to repay the faith shown in him by Bruce after he took a punt on the once troubled star.
"I still think we can stay up this season but, even if the worst comes to the worst, I certainly won't be jumping ship," added Pennant.
"You won't be seeing me slapping in a transfer request if we go down. If another club comes in for me, and Birmingham make the decision to sell me, then
that's up to them.
"But as for me, I want to stay here. The club and Steve Bruce have shown a great deal of faith in me and I want to repay that."
The former Arsenal youngster admits he is shocked at the club's plight and had envisaged a top-ten finish this season before a series of injuries put pay to the club's ambitions.
"It has shocked me that we have found ourselves in trouble this season because we have a really talented squad here," added Pennant.
"When I first came to Blues, I felt good about the place and knew this was a side capable of making progress.
"Even in pre-season I thought we would finish in the top half of the table but, when you get so many injuries to key players, it's going to cause problems and that is what has held us back."