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Last Updated: Monday, 26 April, 2004, 09:12 GMT 10:12 UK
Saints sign Trinidad teen
Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe
Lowe believes Saints have signed a good player in Jones
Southampton have completed the signing of teenage Trinidadian midfielder Kenwyne Jones.

Saints will pay a nominal fee to Jones' club W Connection after he impressed on a week's trial at St Mary's.

The 19-year-old was also wanted by Rangers, Tottenham, West Ham and Greek club Panathinaikos.

Saints chairman Rupert Lowe told his club's website: "He did well on trial so we signed him quickly because a lot of other clubs wanted him."

Jones has passed a medical and will sign a pre-contract agreement that will allow him to join Saints as soon as the transfer window opens.

We hope we have got ourselves a very good player
Saints chairman Rupert Lowe

Although he only has two full international caps, new regulations concerning Commonwealth countries will enable Jones to get a two-year student visa.

This will enable him to work and Saints hope that by the end of the two-years, he will have played in the requisite 75% of internationals to enable him to get a full work permit.

Jones could follow Trinidadians Blackburn striker Dwight Yorke and Portsmouth keeper Shaka Hislop into the Premiership.

Saints chairman Lowe added: "He is a tremendous athlete and the coaching staff believe they can turn him into a very good footballer.

"We hope we have got ourselves a very good player. He is certainly not short on confidence!"




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