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22:52 31st January 2013

by @OfficialQPR

An in-depth look at our latest signing, Jermaine Jenas

BOX TO BOX midfielder Jermaine Jenas carved out his reputation at Nottingham Forest as a teenager, becoming captain of the club at the age of 17.

He made his Reds debut in January 2001, in a 1-0 FA Cup third-round defeat by Wolves. 

Jenas made a high-profile switch to Newcastle United in February 2002, at the age of 18, after Forest accepted a £5 million offer for the player.

He was named PFA Young Player of the Year in his first full season at St James Park.

He scored 12 goals in 149 appearances for the club.

Jenas was first capped at senior level by England as a 19 year-old in a friendly defeat against Australia at Upton Park. Despite only coming on as a half-time substitute, he was awarded the Man of the Match award.

He would go on to secure more than 20 caps for his country.

Jenas joined Tottenham Hotspur from Newcastle in August 2005, in a deal worth £7 million, after declaring he wanted to leave Newcastle as he felt he was living ‘in a goldfish bowl.’

He was a key member of the Spurs side that earned a top five Premier League finish, scoring seven goals along the way.

Another eight goals during 2006/07 proved Jenas’ undoubted talent.

Arguably his best season to date was the 2007/08 campaign, when his six goals in 45 appearances played a key role in Spurs’ run to the Carling Cup Final at Wembley in February 2008, where the Lilywhites defeated Chelsea to claim their first trophy in nine years.

Jenas scored the first goal of Fabio Capello’s reign as England boss in a friendly win over Switzerland at Wembley in February 2008.

In July that year he signed a new five-year contract at the club, and scored four goals in 39 appearances during the 2008/09 season.

A combination of injuries and the form of Tom Huddlestone, Wilson Palacios and later Luka Modric in central midfield restricted Jenas to 23 appearances, including 13 starts, in all competitions in 2009/10.

He made 28 appearances in all competitions in 2010/11 including eight appearances in Spurs’ maiden Champions League campaign.

Jenas made 201 appearances for Spurs by the time he went out on loan to Aston Villa in August 2011.

He was ruled out for the remainder of the season in December that year after undergoing surgery on his Achilles tendon.

Jenas joined Nottingham Forest on a 30-day loan in September 2012, which was extended in November until the start of this month.

Now a new chapter awaits under the guidance of Harry Redknapp, for whom Jenas featured regularly at White Hart Lane.

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