Jones keen to make 'next step'
Kenwyne Jones extended his stay at Sunderland because he wants to be a part of the 'new direction'.
Last Updated: 27/01/09 3:15pm
Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones signed his contract extension at the Stadium of Light because he wants to be a part of the club's 'new direction'.
The Trinidad & Tobago international shunned interest from Tottenham in order to put pen-to-paper on a fresh four-and-a-half-year deal on Tuesday.
And having agreed to stay with the Black Cats until 2013, much to the delight of manager Ricky Sbragia and chairman Niall Quinn, Jones has revealed his reasons for his decision.
The 24-year-old told Sky Sports News: "The chairman and the manager wanted me to stay and I was very happy to stay.
"The club is taking a new direction and I wanted to be part of that.
"I know what Ricky is about and what he wants to do. He has big plans for the club to take it to the next step and hopefully, in the next couple of seasons, that could happen.
"If you look at the fan base and the facilities that should tell you this is a big club and hopefully this is the start of something great."
Jones admitted he was relieved that his future had been resolved after all the recent speculation.
"The speculation unsettles the football club but now everyone can concentrate on getting results," he concluded.