Stoke City's one-time record signing Kenwyne Jones has admitted that he was looking to leave the club last season, as the "atmosphere at the job wasn't good".
Jones joined the Potters in an £8 million move from Southampton in 2010, but was used sparingly by old boss Tony Pulis. In 26 appearances last season, just 10 came from the start of matches and Jones averaged just 40 minutes per game during the 2012/13 season.
Pulis' Stoke side gained a poor reputation for the way they played football during his spell there, with many bemoaning his long-ball tactics. Although such tactics often proved effective, they didn't please players or fans.
Quoted by The Telegraph, Jones said: "Coming into work and the things we were doing, the way we were playing football - it was very discouraging for a lot of us.
"I think not only myself but a lot of players you would probably not have seen at the club come this season if the situation had remained the same."
Pulis took Stoke to the FA Cup Final for the first time in their existence in 2010/11 and then a successful European campaign which only ended at the hands of Spanish giants Valencia during the following season.
The Midlands side appointed Mark Hughes as manager this summer following the departure of Pulis, and despite early reservations from fans, they have made an encouraging start with seven points from their first five games and Jones believes they can carry on improving.
"Now I am confident that we can do well this season and probably finish in the top 10 - you never know what is going to happen," he added.
Jones' contract runs out in June 2014 but after starting the last four games - and scoring a hat-trick in the last round of the Capital One Cup - he will be hoping his long-term future lies with the Potters.
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