Former Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones has revealed the reasons behind his rejection to join Chelsea and Liverpool during his time at Stadium of Light.
The Trinidad and Tobago international spent a successful three years with the Black Cats, netting 28 times before moving on to join Stoke City.
Links of a move to the latter included a potential swap deal which saw Peter Crouch potentially moving to the Wearside club, however, Jones failed to see that deal develop.
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Then Sunderland manager, Roy Keane, played a key part in keeping Jones at the Stadium of Light, and Jones has now revealed his reasoning behind rejected a move to play for one of the Premier League’s top six sides.
“Me staying at the club was down to me wanting to settle a little bit and to become a part of something that was building,” he told Sunderland Echo.
“Sunderland always has the potential to be a massive, massive club and for whatever reasons – or for a combination of reasons – things don’t seem to have worked out as they should have.
“But the fanbase, the facilities and the stadium are all second to none. It’s magnificent, really. I love the place, so that was my main reason for staying.
“It wasn’t like he (Keane) brought me in and then he left so I wanted to leave, it was nothing like that.”
Jones would spend four years with Stoke following his spell at Sunderland, before moving on to have a spell with Cardiff City, Bournemouth, Al Jazira, Atlanta United and Central.
You have to admire Jones’ decision to remain at Sunderland and his willingness to stick around. However, he could have found success in the Premier League with one of the top six.
A proven goalscorer, Jones was one player who arguably was underrated for his performances in the Premier League.