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Jordan Jones happy to be 'home' after signing for Kilmarnock

The Northern Ireland international has moved on loan from Wigan Athletic.

Northern Ireland winger Jordan Jones joins Kilmarnock on loan from Wigan Athletic SNS Group

Jordan Jones has signed for Kilmarnock, returning to the team where he made his name and saying he’s desperate to get back to his best.

Jones has agreed a season-long loan from Wigan Athletic to join Derek McInnes’ team and aims to regain the form that saw him become a Rugby Park favourite during Steve Clarke’s time in charge.

The Northern Ireland international, who has 12 caps, was a key part of a successful Killie team from 2016 to 2019 and sealed a move to Rangers on the back of a string of impressive performances.

The winger failed to find a first team place at Ibrox, and has similarly struggled at Wigan, but is looking forward to getting back on track at a club he feels is “home”.

He told the club’s website: “It was a bit of a mental feeling driving in this morning, it has been three years since I left the club and it is a special feeling to be back, to see familiar faces like Kev the kitman and Yeti makes me delighted to be back.

“In terms of playing-wise I spent a couple of the best years of my career here, I’ve had a difficult twelve months but I am desperate to get back to my best and what better place for me to do that than Kilmarnock, which feels like my home.I am here to help the team and hopefully we can have a really good season and achieve success together.

“I think with the fans , the majority appreciated what we all achieved in my last season here, but I know I made a few mistakes on my way out that I regret and if I could change that I would. Nobody is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. I am 27 now and a lot more mature, I am a dad now so life has changed a lot since then.

“I know the best way to get fans back singing my name is by scoring goals and creating assists and I am keen to get going as soon as possible.”

Kilmarnock boss Derek McInnes feels he has added important pace and creativity to his side ahead of their return to the Premiership.

He said: “I’m delighted to secure the loan signing of Jordan, he’s familiar with the club so the transition will be seamless. He’s a player that we feel when he’s at the top of his game he can bring so much to the team, he’s a ball carrier and brings a lot more speed into the forward areas, as well as creativity and goals.

He had a very good loan spell at Sunderland and its not quite happened at Wigan for whatever reason, but he’s arrived here with a hunger and it is clear he has got a point to prove and we want to see that in his performances.

I am really looking forward to working with him, I think he will thrive on the responsibility of being an important player and we want to give him that responsibility in this team.

It is a good signing for us, if I had thought when we first came in here in January that we would be preparing a team for the premier league and had signed some of the players we have including Jordan then I would have been delighted.

We are delighted to get Jordan in the building and hope he can help with the challenges ahead.”