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JONES JOINS CHAIRBOYS
(Monday 17th July 2000)
Wycombe have completed the signing of Bristol City striker Steve Jones on a three month loan. The deal was due to completed on Friday but reached a stumbling block when City wanted Jones to sit out of any Worthington Cup ties during the loan period. With Wycombe paying his wages for potentially four games, that proved a no go with Manager Lawrie Sanchez. City eventually agreed to let Jones play in the cup ties but the final paperwork had yet to finalised late on Friday afternoon. Jones completed the deal at Adams Park on Monday morning as is set to join training with the squad on Tuesday and could play in the first friendly at Boreham Wood on Saturday (22 July).
Jones has been tracked by Lawrie Sanchez for the past few weeks but the two clubs failed to reach agreement over a permanent move. Jones moved to City last September for £425,000 from Charlton Athletic but has failed to impress at Ashton Gate and with the arrival of new boss Danny Wilson to Ashton Gate, his days looked numbered.
Jones never fitted into former City Manager Tony Pullis's team plans and was farmed out on loan to Brentford and Southend after returning just two goals in a City shirt last season.
The 30 year old has aslo failed to deliver goals since moving from Bournemouth in 1996 to return his original professional club, West Ham. Jones bagged 26 League goals in 74 appearances for The Cherries but quickly moved onto Charlton Athletic from The Hammers. He had reasonable success at The Valley with 7 goals in the promotion season of '97/98 but a solitary strike at Anfield was his only goal during Charlton's Premiership campaign the following year.
His move to Bristol City has turned out to be a nightmare and Jones has told Wycombe that he will take a pay-cut to break lose from City but want his old club to pay off part of his three years remaining on his contract.
City and Wycombe have apparently agreed a figure should the deal be made permanent but both Club's are keeping quiet on the details. A £50,000 offer from Wycombe was turned away by City earlier in the week and City boss Danny Wilson is hoping that the loan spell at Wycombe may alert other Club's if he starts to score goals.
Jones will step in as an immediate replacement for Sean Devine who looks like missing the opening part of the League season with a knee problem. Jones has been allocated the No.20 squad number.
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