Last Updated: Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:47
New Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is confident that he can bring the best out of winger Jermaine Pennant next season.
Pennant was set to be released by ex-manager Tony Pulis after failing to impress last season, but new chief Hughes has given Pennant a lifeline ahead of his first season in charge.
Hughes will be under the spotlight to improve the Potters' fortunes after they narrowly avoided relegation last season.
The former Manchester City and Fulham manager is confident he can change the club's luck next season and get them climbing up the Premier League table.
The Potters have been given a tough start as they travel to Liverpool on the opening day and Pennant will be hoping he can feature against his former club.
The 30-year-old has been given a one-year-deal to prove himself and Hughes is expecting to see him hit the ground running next season.
He said: "I think I can take him on. One of my backroom staff, Eddie Niedzwiecki, worked with him at Arsenal so he knows him well. There's a personal relationship there that we can build on and revisit.
"He will enjoy the day-to-day work we do as well, it is very player orientated. So the type of work we do on a daily basis will encourage him, I am sure.
"I needed to sit down with Jermaine and just talk to him one-to-one. I sense he still has more to give Stoke City and that he is really motivated to kick on."
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