After five months of waiting around, Jordan Jones has finally walked out the Kilmarnock exit door.
The winger signed a pre-contract with Rangers in January, which wasn’t greeted with kindness by the Killie faithful. You can see why, with Jones posting a tweet with ‘WATP’ in it, whilst still contracted to Killie.
He has since spoken about his departure. Jones’ comments are an understatement to say the least.
The Northern Irishman told the Daily Record: “It was brilliant to be part of a fantastic season for the club.
“I understand for some fans I may not have left in the best way possible but when the dust settles I hope people will think that I did a good job.”
That final comment is a massive understatement. Jones left Kilmarnock in terrible fashion.
Jones probably knows it wasn’t ‘the best way’ to leave
Initially he had silenced his critics. Scoring against Rangers just days after he signed was a good way of showing he wasn’t preparing to just fizzle out at Rugby Park.
That’s exactly what happened though. He rarely featured in the final weeks of the campaign as Killie secured their first taste of European football since 2001. It’s a shame in some respects, as up until January, he’d been a committed and useful player for the Ayrshire outfit.
Whilst the move has annoyed some, that’s not what many people are angry with Jones about. It’s the way he has left, clearly turning his head away from Killie priorities and turning his attention to Rangers or elsewhere. His brilliant international performances with Northern Ireland in March proved that.
Jones more than likely knows it wasn’t ‘the best way’ to leave Killie. He’d probably like to change how he did it in some respects, as he has all but tarnished his reputation with Kilmarnock fans. It’s unlikely they’ll remember ‘the good job’ he did years from now.
Killie fans don’t need to worry about him anymore as they look ahead to a future without the winger. It’ll be interesting to see what reception he gets at Rugby Park next year.