Striker aiming to build on ten City goals to date
Cardiff City forward Kenwyne Jones told of how he is “feeling good” in south Wales as he nears the one-year anniversary of his arrival at Cardiff City Stadium.
The Trinidad and Tobago international joined the Bluebirds from Stoke City on January 28th last year, and has been a key asset for Russell Slade’s side this season, with his goal in City’s FA Cup win over Colchester United last weekend taking him to ten for the campaign in all competitions.
. "Everyone gets on within the team, so it’s hard to feel out of place. Obviously, you have to work hard to play, but the atmosphere within the squad has been very accommodating.Cardiff City Player“The team has been more or less the same from the time that I came, barring a few departures," said Kenwyne, to
“I think the manager has tried to have an open relationship with everyone. He wants to make sure that everybody knows where they stand, and that kind of working relationship has to be decent, because that’s what players and coaches want to feel.
“As a team he wanted us to improve in all areas. We were in indifferent form at the time when he came in, but we stabilised. Now with the transfer window open, hopefully a few bodies will be added to the team, and we hope that they will come in and galvanise us again.
“The new staff have had a good input. As coaches in the academy, you get to teach, and work on your craft, and they’ve come up with the same attitude to work with the first team. They’ve tried to get the manager’s message across, and though for us as a team it takes time to get used to new people, it’s been good.
“It’s just a different way of playing. The manager has a different style of playing the game, and we as players have to adapt in order to get up to that standard. In the time that he’s been here, we’ve been working every day to get up to the level that he requires, and hopefully that’ll now start to show.
“Of course the play-offs are certainly still a viable target, we have half of the season to go. Cardiff were in the Premier League for the first time in their history last season, and having had a taste of it, we obviously want to get back there. Before that Cardiff were play-off contenders for quite a number of years, so this Club must again be contenders at least. We have to stabilise ourselves again, hopefully at the top level.
“There have been twenty-four games so far, and I missed quite a few through injury and personal matters, so to get the number of goals I have so far, I think I’ve done well in the first half of the season. We now have twenty-two games left, so I’m going to try my best to add to that tally and help the team to win games in order to finish as high as we possibly can.
“So far I’m happy with my own form, and I’m quite happy with my return from the amount of chances that I've had. Hopefully with the players possibly coming in this window, once everything settles down I’ll be able to get another nine or ten goals. I’ll be happy with that.”
Kenwyne has often found himself paired up front with Adam Le Fondre this season, and the Bluebirds’ number nine told of how he relishes working alongside the former Reading and Rotherham United striker.
“Our relationship has been good; we have an understanding on and off the pitch. When we go on away trips, we are roommates, and our relationship is decent. I think it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek when he refers to me as the Didier Drogba of the Championship, but we really get on well! I sleep; he plays Football Manager, that’s how it is with us!
“On the international front, we have a tournament coming up this summer. Hopefully we can get further than the quarter-finals which we achieved in the last one, because we have a decent team. I think that we can go on a good run and reach the semis or the final this time, so as far as Trinidad goes, I want to go out with a bang; I’m not going to be around forever, so I don’t know what’s going to happen looking beyond this summer on that front.
“I turned thirty this season, and I can remember back in the day when I used to think thirty was old age! In fact I’ve embraced it though, because it’s brought wisdom, knowledge and experience with it. I’m happy with the place I’m at at the moment. I’m feeling good.”