Football: Ex-Arsenal player Pennant arrives in Singapore for Tampines Rovers trial

Former Arsenal and Liverpool player Jermaine Pennant arriving in Singapore on Jan 7 for his trial with Tampines Rovers.
Former Arsenal and Liverpool player Jermaine Pennant arriving in Singapore on Jan 7 for his trial with Tampines Rovers.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Jermaine Pennant signing autographs for fans in Singapore on Jan 7.
Jermaine Pennant signing autographs for fans in Singapore on Jan 7.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Jermaine Pennant speaking to the media in Singapore on Jan 7.
Jermaine Pennant speaking to the media in Singapore on Jan 7.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Jermaine Pennant signing autographs for fans in Singapore on Jan 7.
Jermaine Pennant signing autographs for fans in Singapore on Jan 7.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Jermaine Pennant posing for a picture with a fan in Singapore on Jan 7.
Jermaine Pennant posing for a picture with a fan in Singapore on Jan 7.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - Former Arsenal and Liverpool footballer Jermaine Pennant has arrived in Singapore on Thursday morning for a one-week trial with S-League club Tampines Rovers.

Clad in a simple all-black outfit with a a matching black cap, the 32-year-old happily signed autographs and posed for photos much to the delight of the small group of fans that waited for him.

With the declining local league badly needing a boost to get the fans flocking back, the former England Under-21 winger believes he still has the touch to impress the Stags.

He said: "If it's about ability, I'm very confident (of securing a contract). I've played for some big clubs and I'm not going to be worried about being so far from home playing in Singapore.

"I think I will fit in very well. I like to bring my experience and help whoever I can - some of the younger and local players."

After from his high-profile spell with the Gunners and the Reds, Pennant became a journeyman who played for a number of clubs like Stoke City, Wolves, Wigan and Spanish side Real Zaragoza. He also had a spell in India with Pune City while a trial with Thai Premier League outfit Muangthong United last year came to nothing.

But Pennant believes he can make a positive impact on Singapore football, saying: "I'm not here just to play football. I'm here to help Tampines and the youngsters and whoever that needs my advice."