Cardiff striker Kenwyne Jones admits interest in MLS move

The former Southampton and Sunderland forward has been linked with a stateside switch this summer.

Cardiff City striker Kenwyne Jones has admitted that he would be open to playing in MLS amid speculation surrounding his club future.

The Trinidad & Tobago captain was speaking to RedNation Online after netting a second-half equaliser in his side’s CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-final against Panama, before losing the tie 6-5 on penalties following a 1-1 stalemate after extra-time.

The goal was the 73-times capped forward’s second of the tournament, having also scored in the dramatic 4-4 Group C draw with Mexico, when his talismanic performance earned him widespread praise among fans and the media alike.

Having been impressing on US soil over the past fortnight, there are now rumblings that he could be set to make a permanent move across the Atlantic and, while the former Premier League hitman would not confirm reports that talks have been held with MLS clubs [h/t The Yanks Are Coming], he did give the league a glowing endorsement.

"I'm quite familiar with Major League Soccer and maybe one day I'll get there. I don't know when that is, but maybe one day,” he said. "I have a few friends over the years that are now playing over there. Of course I have some family in the States and family in Canada. It's something I've been seeing for years upon years, so it's not that strange to me.

"I think now people think that the league is getting a bit better,” he added. “Obviously you have players going over there who are a bit older, but now you have players going in more so just in their prime and hopefully MLS will get better and better.”

Jones, 30, first moved to England in 2004 to join Southampton, before going on to spells with Sunderland, Stoke City and Cardiff, respectively, scoring 103 goals in 371 total appearances.

The Trinidadian, whose current contract expires in 2016, netted 13 times in 36 games for the Bluebirds last season but spent the final two months of the campaign on loan at then-Championship rivals Bournemouth to help with their promotion push.

It now remains to be seen whether he will be starting the coming term back in Wales but, when it comes to a stateside switch, the 6ft 2in front man knows that he cannot leave it too late.

"Yeah, well hopefully not too late,” he added to RedNation. “I don't want to be an old man going over there so hopefully not too late. You never know what the future holds."

Make of that what you will then.

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