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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Ray Jones: Mirror Quotes Paladini Saying Jones Won't Re-Sign

QPR have admitted defeat in their battle to keep teenage sensation Ray Jones.
The 18-year-old striker, whose contract expires in the summer, has refused to sign a new deal.
Fulham have already had a bid for Jones rejected and Liverpool, Celtic and Wigan have been checking on him
QPR chairman Gianni Paladini said: "We've offered him about eight contracts, but every time we have heard from his agent that Ray won't be signing." Mirror

BBC Gossip today: "QPR have admitted defeat in their battle to keep striker Ray Jones, who has refused a new deal and who has been linked to Fulham, Liverpool and Wigan. (Various) "

[In November, Ben Kosky/Kilburn Times wrote:
Rangers fight Fulham for Jones
QPR have warned clubs chasing Ray Jones they will go to a tribunal if anyone attempts to poach the teenager on the cheap.
Jones, 18, has already attracted a cheeky £50,000 bid from Premiership neighbours Fulham after breaking into the Rangers first team and scoring five goals so far this season.
And Rs' chairman Gianni Paladini believes the young striker's agent has been trying to stump up interest from other clubs after encouraging him to reject several offers of a professional contract at Loftus Road.
"If Fulham think Ray Jones is worth £50,000, they obviously don't think very much of him," Paladini told the Times. "I think it's scandalous and I'm very annoyed with them.
"We offered him a very good contract, six or seven times we've made an offer and his agent doesn't want to know - he just said the boy wasn't signing.
"I'm very disappointed that, now he's played for England, suddenly his agent's offering him to other clubs. When I was an agent, I always said to young players 'go and play first, then worry about the money'.
"He's playing well, he's scoring goals and John Gregory wants to keep him here, but I can't force him to sign a contract if he doesn't want to.
"If there's nothing more we can do, we'll have to go to arbitration. That's what I told Fulham and I'll tell anyone else the same."
The uncertainty over Jones' future mirrors the situation that developed at the end of last season, when it took the club several months to agree a contract with another young striker, Shabazz Baidoo.
But Jones, who made his first-team debut in the penultimate game of that campaign against Watford, has since overtaken Baidoo in the pecking order and scored Rangers' goal in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat by Sunderland.
Kilburn Times

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