Birmingham City winger Jermaine Pennant has expressed his "relief" at being released from prison yesterday and vowed to put his football career back on track after a month behind bars for driving offences.
The 22-year-old player pleaded guilty to drinkdriving while disqualified and was jailed on March 1 at Aylesbury Magistrates' Court.
Pennant, on loan at St Andrews from Arsenal, was released on parole yesterday after serving a third of his three-month sentence.
He became eligible for release 30 days after entering prison and, even though he has been cleared to play in the Premiership for Birmingham, he will wear an electronic tag and obey a curfew as part of his parole conditions.
Pennant said: "It is a relief to be out and I am looking forward to putting on my football boots and start training again. I would like to thank all those who have helped me through this."
Steve Bruce, the Birmingham manager, visited Pennant in prison and has long emphasised the need for the club to act like a second family to the player.
"We are delighted that Jermaine is back with us again and I'm pleased that this chapter of his life has been concluded," Bruce said.
Birmingham are close to a deal with Arsenal to sign Pennant permanently.