Pennant to be Highest Paid Player in S. LeagueJanuary 13, 2016
The former Liverpool winger will sign for Tampines Rovers and be the highest paid player in the S.League, drawing S$62,400 per month.
Jermaine Pennant has agreed to take a 70 per cent pay cut and sign for Tampines Rovers.
It was initially revealed that he was earning £25,000 (S$52,000) a week at Wigan, but with the Stags, he will be drawing about S$62,400 per month.
The Englishman told TODAY that his decision to sign for the Stags is not all about the money.
“There are other things here in Singapore that I value much more than money,” the 32-year-old told the daily.
“I knew before I flew here I would have to take a big pay cut, but you must look at the bigger picture.
“If you do well for the S.League and Singapore football, you will be rewarded in different ways and, in the long run, it may be a no per cent pay cut,” Pennant said.
Outside of football, the ex-Liverpool man has his sights set on his family and has indicated that he wants to settle down in Singapore.
Pennant added: “The culture [in Singapore] is good and very relaxed. Plus there’s nothing to worry about [in terms of safety and security] and there are no language barriers here as most Singaporeans speak English. I have heard the education system here is great. You drive on the right side too… Everything is great.”
According to the report, Pennant will confirm the deal within the next two days despite receiving calls from South Korea, Australia and Malaysia.
“The minute I got here, it was in the media and a few teams from South Korea, Australia and Malaysia got in touch,” he said.
“In fact, they offered much more than what I could possibly get here in Singapore.”
Nevertheless, the general manager of Tampines Rovers Desmund Khusnin affirmed that the deal is close to being sealed.
Pennant’s weeklong trial will end on 14 January.
He was featured in friendly game for the Stags against Hougang United, in which he played for 45 minutes and provided an assist for his side’s second goal.
Tampines won that game 2-0.