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Kenwyne Jones

Cardiff City defender, Sean Morrison, has urged the club to do all it can to hold onto star striker Kenwyne Jones.

The Trinidad & Tobago internationals sees his contract at Cardiff expire next summer meaning in January he will be free to speak to other clubs with a view to a move.

Cardiff initially started talk about a new deal in the Welsh capital with the 31-year-old in September without a conclusion and recently manager Russell Slade said they would reopen negotiations with Jones and his representatives in the new year.

And Morrison now, who has proved a key member of the Cardiff defence this season, said it was vital Jones remained at the club, branding the striker virtually irreplaceable in the Championship.

“You can’t buy experience Kenwyne’s got. He’s played eight-and-a-half seasons in the Premiership,” said Morrison.

“A player like Kenwyne is vital to a Championship team. He’s big and strong, he’s going to score you goals and not only that he’s going to link up play with people.

“If we can hold on to Ken and get him to play as many minutes as possible and keep him fit, it’s huge for us.”

Jones was linked with a move to Cardiff’s Championship rivals, Sheffield Wednesday, recently and Slade has revealed he will be looking for a new striker in the forthcoming transfer window.

After failing to get a Premier League marksman in on loan recently it is believed the Bluebirds might return next month to try to get their target.

Last season’s top-scorer, Jones has just three goals for the Bluebirds so far this term, but his importance to the side was reiterated recently when a spell out with a shin injury coincided with Cardiff going more than nine hours of football without a Bluebirds’ player finding the net.