Jenas playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2011
|Full name||Jermaine Tony Jenas|
|Date of birth||18 February 1983|
|Place of birth||Nottingham, England|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|2011||→ Aston Villa (loan)||3||(0)|
|2012–2013||→ Nottingham Forest (loan)||6||(1)|
|2013–2014||Queens Park Rangers||38||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Jermaine Anthony Jenas (// JEE-nəs; born 18 February 1983) is an English professional footballer central midfielder who is currently a free agent after his Queens Park Rangers contract expired at the end of the 2013–14 season.
He began his career at local side Nottingham Forest, and joined Newcastle United of the Premier League for £5 million at the age of 18. After three seasons at the club, he joined Tottenham Hotspur for £7 million, where he scored 21 goals in 155 league matches before joining Queens Park Rangers in January 2013.
Born in Nottingham, Jenas began his career at Nottingham Forest, then in the First Division. He made his debut aged 16 on 7 January 2001, starting in a 1–0 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup. A week later, again as a starter, he played his first league game, and was replaced by David Freeman in the 68th minute of a 3–0 home defeat to Crystal Palace, his only other game of the season.
In the 2001–02 season, Jenas became a regular, and scored his first senior goal on 18 August in a 2–1 defeat at Barnsley. After four goals in 33 games across all competitions, Jenas was sold to Newcastle United for £5 million in February 2002.
Despite an impressive first full season with Newcastle United, in which he won the 2002–03 PFA Young Player of the Year award, Jenas failed to repeat his initial form with the club and his two subsequent seasons were disappointing considering his early promise. Known for his strong "box-to-box" play and ability to score from midfield, Jenas' last two years with Newcastle were marked by a series of inexplicably bland displays, both goals and energy started to dry up, leading to Jenas starting fewer games. Despite temporarily regaining his form and gaining the vice-captaincy under new manager Graeme Souness early in the 2004–05 season, Jenas' form dipped again with only two goals in 48 appearances. He scored a total of 12 goals in 152 appearances for Newcastle United.
Rumours of his unhappiness were confirmed early in the 2005–06 season by manager Graeme Souness, when he revealed Jenas was not enjoying life at Newcastle, and the player reportedly compared life at the club to living 'in a goldfish bowl'. He was sold to Tottenham Hotspur on transfer deadline day of 31 August for an initial fee of £7 million. Throughout the season, Jenas netted seven goals from midfield as Tottenham qualified for the UEFA Cup. He marked his return from a 13-match absence through injury by scoring the second goal in Tottenham's 3–1 FA Cup fourth round win over Southend United.
He signed a new five-year deal with Tottenham on 29 August 2007, keeping him at the club until 2012. Under Juande Ramos, Jenas' form improved greatly and he initially produced occasional impressive performances, partly due to the new regime but also from some personal words of encouragement from the Spaniard. Jenas played in 1–1 draw and the 5–1 victory over rivals Arsenal in both legs of the semi-finals of the League Cup, scoring the opening goals in both matches. Jenas set up Jonathan Woodgate for the winning goal in the 2–1 League Cup final victory over Chelsea on 24 February 2008.
At the end of July 2008, Jenas added a one-year extension to his five-year contract keeping him at Tottenham until 2013. A few days later Jenas was named as Spurs' new vice-captain following the departures of Robbie Keane and Paul Robinson. On Boxing Day against Fulham, Jenas made his 100th league appearance for Tottenham. He scored the only goal in a 1–0 win over West Bromwich Albion.
Aston Villa loan
On 31 August 2011, Jenas joined Aston Villa on a season loan deal from Tottenham Hotspur. Jenas wore the number 8 shirt at Villa, the same number he had while at Spurs. Jenas eventually made his debut for Aston Villa on 5 November 2011, after a series of niggling injuries, coming on as a second half substitute against Norwich City. Jenas then came on for his second appearance for Aston Villa, on 27 November 2011 against Swansea City, as a 69th-minute substitute for Emile Heskey. On 3 December 2011, Jenas started his first game for Villa against Manchester United. Whilst playing, he tripped on the Villa Park pitch and suffered a ruptured achilles injury in a game that saw him, Shay Given and Javier Hernández all leave on stretchers. The injury kept him out for six months, effectively ending his spell at the club.
Return to Tottenham
He returned to Tottenham following his surgery, being given the number 21 for forthcoming 2012–13 season. He finally made an appearance for Tottenham coming on as a substitute in a 1–1 draw against West Bromwich Albion on 25 August 2012.
Return to Nottingham Forest
On 28 September 2012 Jenas signed a six-month loan deal with Forest. He scored his first goal of his loan spell away at Barnsley in a 4–1 win. On 1 November 2012, Forest announced that Jenas' loan had been extended until January.
Queens Park Rangers
On the final day of the January 2013 transfer window Queens Park Rangers signed Jenas on an 18-month contract for an undisclosed fee from Tottenham, to be re-united with former manager Harry Redknapp. He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 home victory over Sunderland on 9 March. He scored again in the following game on 16 March, in a 3–2 defeat against Aston Villa. He made a total of 12 appearances for his new club, but was unable to prevent them being relegated with three games to go. After making 28 appearances for QPR in the Championship, Jenas suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament during a training session in April 2014, which ruled him out for the rest of the season. Although his contract expired at the end of the 2013–14 season, he remained with QPR during his rehabilitation process.
Jenas has played internationally for England from the Under-15 level right up to the senior team, where he made his debut against Australia on 12 February 2003. Despite struggling with injury towards the end of the 2005–06 season, he recovered sufficiently to be named in the 2006 World Cup squad, but did not play at the tournament. His improvement at Spurs earned him a call-up to the England squad for Fabio Capello's first game in charge, a friendly against Switzerland at Wembley on 6 February 2008; Jenas scored the opening goal in the 40th minute as England won 2–1.
|1||6 February 2008||Wembley, London, England||Switzerland||1–0||2–1||Friendly match|
Jenas attended The Becket School, in West Bridgford, Nottingham for his education. His father was born with the surname Genas but had it changed by deed-poll as he wanted the initials "D.J.". Jermaine is nicknamed "J.J.".
He dated Sabrina Keogh, who accompanied him to the World Cup in Germany. In November 2007, Keogh gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter named Sancha Natasha. Jenas split from Keogh in 2008.
Jenas got engaged to part-time model Ellie Penfold in 2009, and the couple married on 11 June 2011. Penfold gave birth to their daughter, Geneva Lily Jenas, in September 2012.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Nottingham Forest||2000–01||First Division||1||0||1||0||0||0||—||2||0|
|Newcastle United||2001–02||Premier League||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||12||0|
|Tottenham Hotspur||2005–06||Premier League||30||6||1||1||1||0||—||32||7|
|Aston Villa (loan)||2011–12||Premier League||3||0||0||0||0||0||—||3||0|
|Tottenham Hotspur||2012–13||Premier League||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Nottingham Forest (loan)||2012–13||Championship||6||1||0||0||0||0||—||6||1|
|Queens Park Rangers||2012–13||Premier League||12||2||0||0||0||0||—||12||2|
- Tottenham Hotspur
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