Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant insists he is excited by Wolves loan
Last Updated: October 17, 2012 8:12am
Stoke man Jermaine Pennant ready to line up alongside Karl Henry for Wolves
Loan signing Jermaine Pennant has assured Wolves fans he intends to give everything for the Championship club.
Pennant joined Wolves on loan from Premier League side Stoke last week but alarmed fans immediately by declaring himself "gutted" to be leaving the Britannia Stadium even on a short-term basis.
But the winger has moved to clarify his position as he prepares to make his debut away at Huddersfield on Saturday.
"Obviously it has not gone as planned for me at Stoke so far this season. But I have got a great opportunity now."
"I'm excited to have made the loan move," Pennant told the club's official website.
"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."
The former Arsenal and Liverpool player also revealed other clubs were interested but the location, status and style of Wolves saw him choose Molineux.
"There were other teams involved but with the stature of Wolves, and their position in the table, helped make my mind up," said Pennant, who also had a spell in Spain with Real Zaragoza.
"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 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."
For now Pennant is focusing on getting to know his team-mates and winning a place in the starting line-up.
"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," he added.
"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."