Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jones Destined to Be Cool for Cats; Goal Hero Kenwyne Jones Reveals His Delight as the Black Cats Pick Up Three Crucial Points

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jones Destined to Be Cool for Cats; Goal Hero Kenwyne Jones Reveals His Delight as the Black Cats Pick Up Three Crucial Points

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Byline: By STUART RAYNER

KENWYNE JONES believes he was meant to play for Sunderland after turning his back on Tottenham Hotspur.

The London side led the chase for the highly-rated striker's signature in the January transfer window.

But the 23-year-old not only snubbed his old Southampton boss Harry Redknapp, he underlined his commitment to the Black Cats by yesterday signing a four-and-a-half-year contract extension.

And Jones celebrated in style by scoring his eighth goal in 17 games this season as Fulham lost 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.

Many will have visited the bookmakers' stalls before the match believing a Jones goal was fate. And that is how the deeply religious player views his decision to stay on Wearside.

"Sometimes in football you don't have control of your future," he explained. "One day you're on top, the next day you're at the bottom.

"But what will be, will be. I think I was meant to be here.

"It's nice to know another manager sees something in me and wants to bring me to his club but I think Sunderland is a big football club. I've made this decision and I'm quite happy to stay here.

"You want stability in your life 90% of the time, I guess, but sometimes that doesn't happen.

"Thankfully I'm here still. All in all I'm happy to be here and happy to be part of a big club.

"Hopefully we can progress and realise our ambition of becoming a big club.

"Maybe Sunderland thought Tottenham's bid wasn't enough. It's nice to know that where you're playing they want you that much they'll turn away offers and tie you up."

When the contract extension was announced, Jones revealed he wanted to play his part in the club's progression.

But he refused to disclose how chairman Niall Quinn and manager Ricky Sbragia plan to make that happen.

"I can't disclose what was said," he said. …

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