Tue, Sep

Saints have released their young strike pairing of Kenwyne Jones and Leon Best on a month’s loan.

Trinidad and Tobago international Jones, 20, who scored his first goal for the club in the reserves 2-2 draw against Fulham on Tuesday has signed for Sheffield Wednesday until January 15 while Best has linked up with QPR until January 14.

Having helped dumped the Hoops out of the FA Youth Cup the 18-year-old clearly made an impression but Saints have made sure that he will be back in time for the next round of the competition when they face Norwich in January.

Best could line up against Reading at the Madejski stadium while Jones may get a taste of a derby action when Wednesday take on local rivals Doncaster on Sunday.

Saints manager Harry Redknapp welcomed both moves as he commented: “I think it will be good for both of them. Leon is a good young player but he is still only 18 so it would be a great experience for him to have a run in their first team.
“Kenwyne looks like he could be a good prospect as well so going to go Sheffield Wednesday and playing a bit of league football would do him the world of good.

“I think if I can get a few of our young players out and playing that is all important and certainly much better than playing reserve football. I remember at West Ham Frank Lampard went out on loan to Swansea for a couple of months, Rio Ferdinand, Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick all went out on loan as well and it was a great experience for all of them.

“Hopefully this can be the same for those two.”