Northern Ireland star Jordan Jones makes fan's Christmas Day with unexpected visit
Northern Ireland winger Jordan Jones has made a young fan's festive period when he made a Christmas Day visit.
The Kilmarnock star, from Middlesbrough, took time out to visit Paul Banks and son Billy, who have endured a hard time in 2018.
The look on Billy's face, however, told the story of how Jones' visit with a signed Killie shirt helped to bring some joy this Christmas.
"This little lad has had a tougher year than most loosing his Mam but him and his dad have been unbelievably strong and a inspiration and it was a pleasure to spend some time with him today," explained Jordan on Twitter.
This little lad has had a tougher year than most loosing his Mam but him and his dad have been unbelievably strong and a inspiration and it was a pleasure to spend some time with him today❤️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/ec4h3Phk0w— Jordan Jones (@JJordanjones11) December 25, 2018
Jones will be back on the football pitch today when his Kilmarnock side visit Motherwell (kick-off 3pm). Boss Steve Clarke has admitted that he is prepared to lose the 24-year-old when his contract expires this summer, but insisted he's going nowhere in the January transfer window.
"This window we don’t have to sell — and we don’t want to sell," Clarke said.
“He is enjoying his football and in the last few weeks he has come back to something approaching his best form. He has been great for us and I look forward to working with him until the end of the season. Then his career might go in a different direction."
Former Rangers favourite Lee McCulloch has urged his old side to be the ones to lure Jones away from Rugby Park.
"There isn’t a right-back in the league who could handle Jordan Jones when he’s on his game. That’s how highly I rate him from my time working with him," said McCulloch, who coached and managed Jones at Killie from 2016 to 2017.
“Kilmarnock need to consider whether they want to hold on to him to finish as high as possible or bite the bullet and let him go and try and get money to buy someone else."
Jones had five international caps for Northern Ireland, since making in debut in November 2017.
Belfast Telegraph Digital