Clarets won a chase for Jones

Last updated : 26 May 2006 By Tony Scholes

Jones has revealed this week in the Irish press that he travelled to Edinburgh to speak to Hibs, was also courted by QPR and Coventry, and was on the verge of signing for Stoke when Steve Cotterill moved in. And that was after almost joining Preston.

“I had a number of offers,” he told the Belfast Telegraph. “I went up to see Hibernian and had a look around Edinburgh. I was going to sign for Stoke, but Burnley came in for me at the last minute.

Preston were interested, however they only wanted to make a decision once they knew what was happening in the play offs. I did think I was going to sign for them in January, but it never materialised.

“I couldn't wait until after the play offs. I wanted a deal struck before I went out to the States with Northern Ireland and I'm delighted to sign for Burnley. Coventry and QPR were also after me but I didn't fancy moving south.”

Jones said that Steve Cotterill wants him to play as a striker alongside Andy Gray and admitted that is music to his ears, and he hopes it will persuade Lawrie Sanchez to give him regular starts for his beloved Northern Ireland.