The Potters boss declared himself an admirer of the midfielder's talents and hopes the appointment of a former colleague can see the club get the best out of him
The 30-year-old signed a one-year contract extension with the Potters after initially being released by former Britannia Stadium manager, Tony Pulis.
Hughes recently appointed two new staff members including former Arsenal coach, Eddie Niedzwiecki, and believes his past experience in coaching Pennant can help him "kick on" at the club.
"One of my backroom staff, Eddie Niedzwiecki, worked with him at Arsenal so he knows him well. There's a personal relationship there that we can build on and revisit,” Hughes told The Daily Star.
"He will enjoy the day-to-day work we do as well, it is very player orientated. So the type of work we do on a daily basis will encourage him, I am sure.
"I needed to sit down with Jermaine and just talk to him one-to-one. I sense he still has more to give Stoke City and that he is really motivated to kick on."
Pennant made just one league appearance for the club last season and spent three months on loan at Wolves following the arrival of Michael Kightly.