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Birmingham youngster Jones over the moon after landing Wellington Phoenix move

Alex Jones insists he cannot wait to get started with A-League club Wellington Phoenix.

The 21-year-old striker has joined the New Zealand outfit from English Championship club Birmingham City for the rest of the 2015/16 A-League season having spent the entirety of the campaign playing reserve and U21 football with the Blues.

Jones will make his way down under this week and is excited about getting started with the Phoenix who have scored just 20 goals in 17 league outings this term.

"It is tough for young players in England with clubs bringing in new, older players all the time and when I discussed it with the manager he thought it was a good chance for me," Jones said.

"He said go and play games and score goals and you never know where it can lead.

"The A-League is televised in England and I look forward to playing in front of good crowds.

"It is also a shop window for players to show what they can do but my first priority is to do the job the Phoenix need from me."

The move came about through former 'Nix goalkeeping coach Jonathan Gould,currently with West Bromwich Albion, where Jones was prior to his move to Birmingham.

Jones added: "Gouldie said he thought it would suit me and that it could be a great opportunity for me," Jones said.

"He told me about the culture at the club and after speaking to Mr Merrick I couldn't wait to get things moving.

"I am really looking forward to playing in New Zealand and Australia and hopefully I will be there in time to play at the weekend."

Wellington currently sit third bottom in the 10-team A-League ahead of the weekend's home clash with seventh-placed Perth Glory.

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