Kenwyne Jones has no regrets over Stoke stand after joining Cardiff
Kenwyne Jones is delighted to have joined Cardiff after explaining that he 'needed to make his voice heard' at Stoke.
Last Updated: 05/02/14 12:01pm
Jones made the move to south Wales last week after a swap deal was agreed to take Peter Odemwingie in the opposite direction.
A couple of weeks before the transfer Jones was fined for making himself unavailable to play against Liverpool, but the striker has no regrets about what happened.
He insists it was never his intention to cause trouble and is just pleased that he now has the chance to play regularly at Cardiff.
"Nobody from the club (Stoke) can say I was miscreant, disrespectful or even on strike as they would like to put it," Jones said in the South Wales Evening Post.
"The main reason (for my stand) was for my voice to be heard because they didn't want to pay attention to me. That's all I needed.
"I didn't want to disrupt the squad, disrespect the manager (Mark Hughes) or anything.
"Clubs have to come out, say what they have to and keep fans onside. I have no problem with that. My thing is I am happy. In the end I got heard and I am here in Cardiff now."
Jones added: "I made the decision to sign for Cardiff because I want to play football. It was nothing to do with money or status. I wanted to play and wasn't getting a chance (at Stoke).
"At my age I am supposed to be enjoying my football. When the chance came along to sign for Cardiff I made a decision to come down.
"Cardiff still have to play just about everybody in the bottom half of the table. It's crucial to build confidence and that will help when we meet those teams around us."
Cardiff's next test is the eagerly-awaited derby away to Welsh rivals Swansea City, but Jones has urged his team-mates to keep their cool as they bid to pick up a vital three points.
"Of course it's special because it's a derby and we understand that," said the striker. "It's huge for the fans, but we have to approach it as a regular game, keep our heads and do all we can to win.
"The most important factor is to earn three points. We are working on a game plan and won't be spending too much time looking at Swansea.
"We will analyse their team, see where we can penetrate and where we feel they have a weakness. But that's what happens for every match."
Jones' fellow January signing Wilfried Zaha, who has arrived on loan from Manchester United, is likely to be a key player at the weekend after inspiring Cardiff to a 2-1 victory over Norwich City last time out.
"I've played against Wilf and know what he can do," said Jones.
"He has been given the chance to showcase his talent and will enjoy that. He can be a lynchpin for the team as we work to climb. I'm happy for him.
"Our role is to feed him the ball and give him the chance to show what he can do. Wilf is an amazing player."
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