Kenwyne Jones Took Pay Cut to Play With Stoke City

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has revealed record signing Kenwyne Jones took a major pay cut to join the team. Jones was earning around £60,000 per week in his final contract with the Wearsiders.

Pulis agrre to spread the £8 million paid for Jones over a period of four years, and Sunderland have also assisted Stoke with regard to the wages.

It is rumored that Jones was given a one-off goodbye payment from Sunderland, to ease him off their wage bill.

"The wages he was earning at Sunderland we could not afford. He was on quite a bit of money, but he is not on that at Stoke,'' Pulis said.

"So they have looked after that as well to enable him to come down to the structure we have at this club, which is very important for us."

"We want to keep it as tight as we can, and we've been able to do that. It was as big and an important a factor as the £8million spread over four years."

"It's a point we have to make because I don't want anybody within the club or from outside thinking they can walk in here and their demands are going to be this, that and the other."

Pulis intends to improve Jones' consistency - a cause of frustration for former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce.

"So it's a question of whether we can get that little bit more out of him, whether he can mature with us and learn from what happened at Sunderland."

"Sometimes you need a fresh start and it might be Kenwyne needs a fresh start, but also we need Kenwyne's help as well. He has to help himself first and foremost.''

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