Jones ready to face United
Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones is keen to show Manchester United what they missed out on.
Last Updated: 11/04/09 12:29pm
Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones is keen to show the Manchester United management what they missed out on when Sir Alex Ferguson's side travel to the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
The 24-year-old forwar had a two-week trial at United in 2002, but he failed to make a lasting impression and was sent away to reconsider his footballing future.
The Trinidad and Tobago international was not deterred by the setback, however, and he had further tryouts at Rangers and West Ham before settling at Southampton.
Now, seven years later, he is an integral part of a Sunderland team fighting for their Premier League future.
Jones has scored seven times in 18 league starts for the Black Cats, but he was left on the bench for their last match against West Ham after a midweek international call-up.
Jones, who joined Ricky Sbragia's team in August 2007, never doubted his ability and wants to prove that he is good enough to play at the very highest level.
Spurred me on
He told The Sun: "I had a trial there (United) seven years ago. It was my first experience of a big club and their set-up.
"When I experienced what it was like, I knew that is what I wanted to do.
"I saw players like Van Nistelrooy, Laurent Blanc, Juan Veron and, of course, Dwight Yorke.
"It spurred me on to work even harder to get there. If I had let that get me down, I wouldn't be here today."