Ex Arsenal and Liverpool midfielder Jermaine Pennant has explained that he is finally in the right frame of mind to be a successful footballer, a full 16 years after the Gunners made him the most expensive trainee in the country when they signed him from Notts County, in an interview with the Mirror.
Things never really worked out for Pennant at Arsenal or Anfield, despite some moments of promise, and the belief is that he is someone who has failed to fulfil his potential - something his recent relegation from the Championship with Wigan seems to underline.
But Pennant sees it another way, and feels that he can still offer something at Premier League level.
“I am now the best footballer and person I have possibly ever been," he is quoted as saying. "I enjoy every minute of every day as a footballer now, whereas before I might have taken things for granted.
“I work harder, I listen more, I lead the right life, but people won’t know what I’m about until I’m at the training ground. It would be amazing to play in the Premier League as the person I am now.”
Pennant's contract expires this summer after he agreed a short team deal at the DW Stadium, and the former England Under-21 midfielder has been one of the standout players for the Latics as they slipped down to the third tier just a couple of years after winning the FA Cup.
Now 32, Pennant scored 3 free kicks out of 5 attempts and created 3 goals in his 13 games for Wigan, hinting that he certainly has some ability that could be put to use in the professional game.
But considering that he hasn't been a first team regular in the Premier League since 2012, it may be a little hopeful for the winger to think he will be an attractive proposition for a team in the top flight.
However, if he really has found a way to utilise his undeniable talent, perhaps he might be worth a trial at one of the clubs in the bottom half of the division.