Sunderland manager Lee Johnson has used the wiggle room created by the departure of George Dobson on loan to bring in a couple of loanees of his own, with winger Jordan Jones making the short-term move across the border from Steven Gerrard’s Rangers to join Jake Vokins who made the, somewhat longer, trip north.
Speaking to SAFC.com, Jones said:
I’m absolutely over the moon and I’m delighted to be here. I know what football means to people in the North East and how much Sunderland means to the supporters, so hopefully I can bring them some entertainment and good results.
Head coach Lee Johnson added:
As Jordan comes in, we are looking forward to working with him and seeing what he brings to our squad. He is a player with the type of qualities that fit the positional profile we wanted to add to the group.
The 26-year-old has not made an appearance since breaking COVID-19 protocols back in November, and a knee injury last season prevented the former Middlesborough youth player from making the most of his transfer to Ibrox, making just 18 appearances since joining the SPFL leaders 18 months ago.
Jones has been linked with Sunderland in the past, with Jack Ross linked with the player in January of 2019 but the player opted to sign for Steven Gerrard’s side on a pre-contract whilst Sunderland acquired Lewis Morgan on loan.
Born in Redcar, the 26-year-old started at Middlesborough and was given his debut by Aitor Karanka in an FA Cup tie against Hastings. However, this would be Jones’ only appearance for Boro, and he departed the club, following loan spells at Cambridge and Hartlepool, for Kilmarnock at the end of the 2015 season.
In Ayrshire, the talented youngster started to thrive, even if a record of 11 goals in 118 games indicates he is more of a creator than a goalscorer, and Rangers’ interest began in January 2018 when Killie turned down a reported bid of £350,000 before Jones left for Glasgow 18 months later on a free transfer.
Jones’ signing appears to be a good one for the next six months, a player in his prime years with undoubted ability and looking for an opportunity to get his career back on track after a difficult few years.
It’s a deal with very low risk attached and due to Jones’ falling out with Steven Gerrard he’s likely to be a player still looking for a club in the summer.