Jermaine Pennant admits he would have loved to have re-signed for Leeds

Jermaine Pennant of Leeds celebrates scoring with his team mates during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Leeds United and Chelsea at Elland Road on December 6, 2003 in Leeds,...

Pennant went on loan to Leeds from Arsenal back in 2003-04.

Leeds United's Jermine Pennant (L) vies with the ball with Southamptons Greame le Saux (R) during their Barclayard Premiership match at Elland Rd, Leeds 26 August 2003.  AFP Photo

Jermaine Pennant has admitted in autobiography 'Mental' that he would have loved to have rejoined Leeds United on a permanent basis, as it is a "great club to play for".

Now a 35-year-old free agent, Pennant last played for big-spending Billericay Town alongside Jamie O'Hara and Paul Konchesky and has since made an appearance in the Celebrity Big Brother House in September.

Though he is yet to officially announce his retirement from the game, the former Arsenal and Liverpool winger has been without a club since December 28, 2017, when his contract at Billericay was torn up.


Speaking on Page 88, Pennant admits that he would love to rejoin Leeds before telling all behind his failed return to Elland Road in 2010 from Stoke later on in the book - claiming Tony Pulis blocked a loan move to the Whites.

"I had a better time on the pitch at Leeds," Pennant said, on Page 88. "Whenever I see fans now they all say 'Come back to Leeds'. When I was playing in England, I would have loved to sign for Leeds again, permanently because it's a great club to play for."

On page 200, Pennant speaks out on his near-move to Leeds: "I had the opportunity to go on loan to Leeds with Neil Warnock. Warnock sold it to me, told me I'd be really good for Leeds. We got it all sorted with Leeds.

"We agreed it with Stoke and everything was done. Then Tony Pulis pulled the plug on it. He did it out of pure spite."

Jlloyd Samuel of Aston Villa is challenged for the ball by Jermaine Pennant  of Leeds United during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park...

In what was a colourful career, Pennant joined Leeds on loan from Arsenal in the summer of 2003 and scored two goals in 36 league and cup appearances against Chelsea and Charlton - but failed to help prevent relegation.

Known for his inch-perfect crossing and set-piece ability, Pennant became somewhat of a journeyman after reaching the Champions League final with Liverpool.

He went on to play for Zaragoza in Spain, a handful of English clubs including Wigan, Bury, Stoke, Billericay and Wolves, as well as spells in Singapore and India.

James Milner and Jermaine Pennant of Leeds United celebrate victory after the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Charlton Athletic and Leeds United on November 29, 2003 at The Valley...

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