Following his unveiling as the newest member of Singapore’s Tampines Rovers on Tuesday, Jermaine Pennant is determined to lead the club to S.League glory.
The former Arsenal and Liverpool winger, who signed a one-year deal after a 10-day trial, added that he is looking forward to the start of the new season, which begins next month, and is aiming to have an impact early on.
In 2015, Tampines Rovers finished in second place as DPMM Brunei were crowned S.League champions. However, the 33-year-old is hoping that the outcome will be different this year.
“So far, it looks like this is going to be a good season and long may it continue,” he told reporters. “I came here to try and help Tampines win the league and I’m certainly going to do my best.
“Now that I’m sitting here, I do feel a bit more pressure than I did before, but I’ve had a lot of pressure throughout by career so hopefully it’ll all go well for myself and Tampines, and we win a lot of trophies and help improve the future of Singapore football.”
Pennant, who is understood to be the highest-paid footballer in S.League history, added that he has already adjusted to life in Singapore and lauded his team-mates and the fans for welcoming him with open arms.
“I have to thank my teammates for making feel welcome since I’ve arrived,” he said. “They’ve been fantastic and shown me a lot of respect and I hope I’ve shown them a lot of respect too. Everybody involved with the club has been great. The country has been fantastic and the support everyone has shown has been great too.”