Ex-Sunderland striker’s lucrative switch to UAE

Kenwyne Jones
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Former Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones has completed a loan move to Al Jazira until the end of the season.

The switch had been mooted over the weekend and Cardiff forward Jones, 31, was in the United Arab Emirates to finalise the deal today.

A press release on the player’s Facebook page quoted Trinidad and Tobago international Jones as saying: “I am really appreciative of the opportunity to have worked with a great team at Cardiff, and to play in front of some of the most passionate fans in Wales.

“This decision was made based on the opportunities presented to me.

“I would like to say thank you to the Bluebirds’ staff and players – I wish them all success in their future endeavours. I also extend a special thank you to the amazing Bluebirds supporters. It has really been my absolute pleasure, and I will never forget you.”

Jones joined Southampton from W Connection in Trinidad and Tobago and made big-money moves to Sunderland and Stoke before joining Cardiff in January 2014.

He made 94 appearances for the Black Cats, scoring 26 goals.