Jones' Potters move cool for Cats boss

August 12, 2010

The 25-year-old Trinidad & Tobago international ended a three-year stay at the Stadium of Light after Bruce accepted the Potters' club-record offer. As well as revealing his frustration with Jones' inconsistency, the Black Cats manager told the Sunderland Echo: "Towards the end with Kenwyne, things were not working out so I have accepted Stoke's offer." He continued: "There has always been a frustration with me, and I think with supporters who have watched Kenwyne, that you see an abundance of talent but it has not come out often enough for us for whatever reason. "In management you get paid to make some important decisions sometimes. Stoke have been badgering me for a year. Everyone knows they love a big, traditional centre-forward and he might go and suit them." Jones, who has signed a four-year deal, responded on Stoke Player: "Sometimes circumstances happen that you have to leave. It's never good to leave a place when you've been there for a while but I'm looking forward to doing well for Stoke." The former Southampton forward became a favourite at the Stadium of Light following a £6million move in 2007 and was named the club's player of the season the following summer. But Darren Bent seized the goalscoring mantle decisively following his arrival from Tottenham last year, netting 25 times, with Jones frequently finding himself on the bench. Jones will now try to rediscover the form that previously attracted the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium, where he had a successful spell on loan in 2005. Stoke boss Tony Pulis has bided his time in the transfer marker, signing only two fringe players before yesterday's deal, which surpassed the £6million paid to Middlesbrough for Robert Huth last summer as the club's biggest outlay. But Pulis is confident the wait has been rewarded with a player who can add significant quality to his side. "Kenwyne is unplayable on his day, which is why this is a fantastic signing for this football club," said the Potters boss. "We need goals in our team and we also need strong competition among our strikers if we are to continue improving at this level." Jones has fond memories of his previous spell with Stoke and is eager to fire them into the top 10 after 12th and 11th-placed finishes in their two seasons in the Premier League. He said: "I'm excited. It's a new challenge for me, a new beginning, and I'm looking forward to it. "Stoke City's on the up. From the last time compared to now, there have been a lot of changes. The place is buzzing and I want to be part of that. "A lot of the team I've played with before and I've worked with the gaffer so it should be quite easy to settle in. I'm going to do my best, work hard and hopefully that will take the club higher." Bruce, meanwhile, completed a busy day of deals by capturing defenders John Mensah and Nedum Onuoha on season-long loans from Lyon and Manchester City, respectively.