From playing in the Champions League final to non-league football. Jermaine Pennant’s latest career move continues his footballing downward spiral.
The 34-year-old is set to join Billericay Town and is posed to sign a two-year deal. He’s agreed to step down to the seventh tier of English football, and will link up with former Premier League players.
The Essex-based part timers also boast the services of Paul Konchesky and Jamie O’Hara.
Pennant will reportedly pocket £3,000-a-week after rejecting a move to the Scottish Premier League. The winger had appeared for Hibernian during pre-season, with Neil Lennon’s side keen on snapping him up on a permanent deal.
After the Scottish side signed Vykintas Slivka from Juventus, they were hopeful of making another addition in Pennant though they have lost out yo the non-league side.
The former Arsenal and Liverpool player penned a short term contract with League One outfit Bury in January, and featured seven times for the ‘The Shakers.’
The spell back in England preceded a stint in Singapore where he plied his trade for Tampines Rovers not to mention playing for FC Pune City in the Indian Super League.
But after spells with Arsenal, Liverpool as well as La Liga’s Real Zaragoza, Pennant will now call Billericay home.
The ambitious club have splashed the cash, and owner Glenn Tamplin is hoping the signing of Pennant can bring them success and ultimately reach the football league pyramid.
“Jermaine will be a great signing and will help us get to where we want to go,” Tamplin said via Daily Express.
“We all know he is a top player. He is good mates with Jamie O’Hara and when he heard about what we are doing, he let it know he wanted to come here.”
“Jermaine’s ability will make us even stronger and his experience will help our younger players reach the next level,” he added.
Billericay mean business.