By Shaun Fuentes
Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones admits rejection by Manchester United as a teenager almost led him to enlisting!
The Trinidad and Tobago international who missed out on a FA Cup winners medal last Saturday when Stoke City lost 1-0 to Manchester City, said in an interview in England that he considered joining the Army and also thought about studying physiotherapy in America.
“To get a trial at United aged 17 was an experience – now getting to the FA Cup Final is an achievement. How did I feel to not get a deal at the end of my trial? Well, it’s part of a footballer’s life. Just like anybody else, you put yourself up for interviews and wait to see who calls you after it,” Jones said.
The former W Connection and St Anthony’s College player added: “It is the point of looking for a job. But now is a totally different time and it is about trying to create your own history and etch your name in the record books.
“It’s true that I thought about joining the Army but I don’t think anyone grows up thinking, ‘I love the army’. Then I thought about studying in America but opted to have trials instead. It was the best decision I made in my life,” added the Point-Fortin-born player.
“I wanted to be a footballer, and if you go to college you lose that fire for playing football.”