The subsequent lack of football has allowed the 25-year-old to regain his fitness and he has set his sights on making his Potters home Barclays Premier League debut a memorable one on Monday.
"When things get stale I guess that is the time when things get to change and at that time it changed and now I can only look forward," said Jones of his £8million August move to Stoke.
"At the end I am not bothered by what happened before, I'm looking forward to doing well.
"Just playing football week in, week out, and freeing my mind - more than anything else that was the most important thing for me.
"Moving to a new place is always hard and because it didn't happen in pre-season, it was when the season started I have to try to get into the team and the area.
"It is something different and something I have to take on board and try to further my career."