Kilmarnock's Jordan Jones explains why he didn't sign for Barnsley

A general view of Oakwell stadium during the pre season friendly at Oakwell Stadium between Barnsley and Huddersfield Town on July 22, 2017 in Barnsley, England.

The former Middlesbrough winger has a chance to move to Barnsley last year.

Clyde's Jack Breslin (left) battles with Kilmarnock's Jordan Jones during the Betfred League Cup game on July 18, 2017 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

Kilmarnock's Jordan Jones has explained why he didn't end up at Barnsley after leaving Middlesbrough last year.

The newly called-up Northern Ireland international has impressed since moving north of the border, and was linked with a move to Championship sides Cardiff City, Norwich City, Preston North End and Fulham last month.

But Jones could have already been playing in England's second tier, had Barnsley shown a little more faith.

"I went to Barnsley and did really well in a trial game. But they were saying I’d be more of a squad player. They couldn’t guarantee me games," the winger told the Scottish Sun.

Luckily, another north east native came to Jones' rescue, and helped him to quickly get over his "heartbreaking" Middlesbrough exit.

Lee Clark Manager of Kilmarnock during the Betfred Cup First Round between Kilmarnock Football Club and Morton at Rugby Park on July 23, 2016 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

"I’ll always be grateful to Lee (Clark, his former manager) and Kilmarnock for the opportunity I was given," he added. "When Lee said he wanted me I wasn’t interested in speaking to another club - just as long as I knew I had something there.

"Lee made it clear he really wanted me and I’d get my chance. I went to Notts County and scored in a bounce game but my mind was made up it would be Kilmarnock. "After the game I came up and signed. The rest is history."

Ryan Kent of Barnsley in action during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay between Barnsley and Blackpool at Oakwell Stadium on January 17, 2017 in Barnsley, England.

After losing Ryan Kent and Marley Watkins in the summer, Barnsley could have perhaps done with another option out wide, where they only managed to add Lloyd Isgrove, a former Oakwell loanee, from Southampton.

Jones, who only made one senior appearance for Middlesbrough, has played 56 times for Kilmarnock - scoring four goals and assisting another 10.

Should Barnsley regret not giving Jones a chance at Oakwell last season?

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