We are delighted to announce the signing of England international Jermaine Jenas from Newcastle United.
The 22-year-old made 149 appearances for the St James Park side, scoring 12 goals, following his switch from Nottingham Forest in February 2002. He graduated through the ranks at his home town club along with Michael Dawson and Andy Reid - making his debut as a 17-year-old in January 2001 - and went on to appear in 33 games before his move to Newcastle.
One of the most highly-rated young midfielders in the country, Jermaine already has 13 caps to his name and is in the England squad for the World Cup double-header against Wales and Northern Ireland. During England's summer tour to the USA he formed a promising partnership with Michael Carrick that attracted much praise from observers.
Martin Jol says the signing of Jenas is a continuation of the policy of recruiting young players of great potential and is very happy to have added to his England contingent.
"You know our philosophy," said the Head Coach. "We want young players at this club and, if they are already internationals like Jermaine, it is always a very good thing for us.
"We have Paul Robinson, Ledley King, Michael Carrick and Jermain Defoe - Jermaine Jenas will be our fifth England international. They are all young players too.
"I think Jermaine will be a big addition to our group and will develop into a great player."
Jermaine himself added: "This is a great move for me. I am aiming to win things and with the players already at the club I am sure I can realise this ambition."