Jenas extends Forest stay

  • Last Updated: November 1 2012, 17:12 GMT

Tottenham have announced midfielder Jermaine Jenas will remain on loan at Nottingham Forest until the new year.

Jermaine Jenas: Extends loan move

Jenas, who began his career at the City Ground, returned to the east midlands on loan last month but that deal expired last weekend with the Reds' 4-1 npower Championship victory at Barnsley, where Jenas scored Forest's final goal.

However, talks between Forest and Spurs this week have resulted in his stay being extended until January 2, 2013.

Jermaine Jenas

16. Jermaine Jenas

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That means the 29-year-old will be available to Forest for another 13 league matches.

Although Jenas has yet to start a game for Sean O'Driscoll's side, making four substitute appearances so far, he was keen to remain with his hometown club.

"It's what I wanted," he told Forest's official website. "I've enjoyed it and it's been great to be back home.

"The initial month loan was a weird one for everybody involved and a tough one for the manager to deal with because he wanted my qualities on the pitch.

"But at the same time he didn't want to rock the boat too much with what he already had - and what we already have got is a lot of quality in midfield.

"The lads have been playing well so fair play to the gaffer because he has played it well."

Jenas, who moved to Tottenham from Newcastle for £7million in 2005, was named in Spurs' 25-man Barclays Premier League squad this season but he has been a peripheral figure at White Hart Lane in recent years, with fitness problems meaning he last started a match for the White Hart Lane outfit in April 2011.

The former England international admits that has affected his confidence but he feels the fans at Forest are helping him to restore that lost edge to his game.

"I had options to go to other championship clubs but I made it clear to my agent I wanted it to be Forest and the people behind the scenes have managed to get it done," he added.

"There were many reasons I wanted it to be Forest, but one was the fans. I knew the fans here would take to me if I got some good performances under my belt and they have been great to me.

"It's been the one thing that's been missing for me over the last few years - some confidence. They've been great with me and given me back the edge I have been missing for the last three or four years of my career, so thanks to them."


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