Jones takes substantial pay cut for Stoke move

Stoke record signing Kenwyne Jones has taken a significant pay cut to join the Potters, revealed boss Tony Pulis.

It is understood Jones was earning around £60,000 per week in his final contract with the Black Cats, way beyond Stoke's financial clout.

But as well as agreeing to spread the £8million paid for Jones over a period of four years, the Black Cats have also assisted Stoke with regard to the wages.

The Trinidad & Tobago international now falls into line with the wage structure at the Britannia Stadium, a crucial element in the deal as far as Pulis was concerned.

"The wages he was earning at Sunderland we could not afford. He was on quite a bit of money, but he is not on that at Stoke," confirmed Pulis.

"So they have looked after that as well to enable him to come down to the structure we have at this club, which is very important for us.

"We want to keep it as tight as we can, and we've been able to do that.

"It was as big and an important a factor as the £8million spread over four years.

"It's a point we have to make because I don't want anybody within the club or from outside thinking they can walk in here and their demands are going to be this, that and the other.

"We work very hard on the structure at this club, especially wages, and there was no way we could do the deal unless it conformed with those."

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