Kenwyne Joel Jones
Kenwyne Joel Jones
Kenwyne Joel Jones (born 5 October 1984) is a Trinidadian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Stoke City and the Trinidad and Tobago national team. He previously played for Sunderland, Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday, W Connection and Joe Public.He began his football career with Joe Public in his native Trinidad and Tobago.
He moved to W Connection in 2002, and he was a utility player in the Trinidad and Tobago team in 2003 against Finland. In 2004, he joined Southampton, where he was converted to a striker. He was later loaned to Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke City during the 2004–05 season. In 2007 he joined Sunderland for £6 million where he spent three seasons before he signed for Stoke City in August 2010.Jones was born in Point Fortin, Trinidad and Tobago, to Lydia and Pamphile.
He attended St. Anthony's College in Trinidad along with his future Sunderland team-mate Carlos Edwards. His uncle, Philbert Jones was also a footballer as a prolific forward for Strike Squad that came within a point of qualifying for the 1990 World Cup and was a similar player to Kenwyne; in style and celebration. His athleticism and pace, which Sunderland considered attractive, was not established until he joined Sheffield Wednesday in September and began to show his potential.He had earlier had trials at Manchester United and Middlesbrough in 2002, and further trials at West Ham United and Rangers in 2004.
Jones revealed in an interview with Simon Bird that he had to travel around Europe looking for a football club, or face a career in the Trinidad army; he said "It was hard because I'd just had my son and it was make it — or join the army. I had a family to support and at that time, it was either this is it... or I go into the services. I was ready for that life." Jones began his professional career with Joe Public in his native Trinidad and Tobago in 2002. He then moved to W Connection where he played for two years.