Kenwyne Jones set for Stoke extension
Kenwyne Jones is ready to consider signing a contract extension at Stoke City -- after being given a new lease of life under new manager Mark Hughes.
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The Trinidad and Tobago international is set to be asked to open discussions over a new deal at the Britannia Stadium later this month -- to signal a remarkable turnaround for the striker since the departure of former manager Tony Pulis at the end of last season.
Jones, the £8 million signing from Sunderland, was all set to leave Stoke in the summer because of his reluctance to sign a new contract under Pulis, to avoid him running down the final year of his existing deal and leaving on a free next summer.
Sources close to the 28-year-old now suggest Jones is ready to commit his long-term future to the club and his situation will be high on the agenda at a scheduled board meeting after this Sunday's game against Arsenal.
Hughes has selected Jones ahead of Peter Crouch in the last three games and is likely to stick with him at the Emirates -- if the striker recovers from an ankle injury suffered against Manchester City on Saturday.
The Stoke manager has held preliminary discussions with club chairman Peter Coates and the club also believe Jones is keen to extend his stay.
Jones has less than 12 months remaining on his current deal, but is likely to be offered a three-year extension to take him into his 30s.
Meanwhile, the future of England goalkeeper Jack Butland is also expected to be discussed next week as Stoke look to loan him out to a Championship club.
Butland, 20, is keen to play regular football to enhance his development and Sheffield Wednesday have shown interest but there are doubts over how much they are prepared to put towards his wages.