Oct 21st 2016: “I played for the Northern Ireland Under-19s when I was 17 and I didn’t really enjoy it, to be honest. When I was doing really well at Middlesbrough the Under-21s boss asked me to play for them. I sat down with my family and felt it would be a good experience.
“But I ended up pulling out of the squad and I regret that now. I was young and immature. It was a stupid decision I made when I was going through that spell. Looking back, I made a lot of daft decisions when I was 18 or 19
“The senior Northern Ireland team, of course, went on to qualify for Euro 2016. That door is still open from my point of view. I just have to show what I can do on the pitch and hopefully get recognised. I shut the door at that time, which was stupid, because I was hoping to get into the young England squads but that didn’t happen. There is nothing I can do about it now. I just have to learn from it and move forward.
“When I think about it now, it’s embarrassing but I feel I am more mature. I hope that Michael O’Neill will keep tabs on me if I’m doing well, but we will have to see. It adds a dimension if you’re playing international football. It’s a bigger stage to play on. Hopefully, if I do well here at Rugby Park something will come of it. It was great to be back in the starting XI, especially as it was a good result. I have had to be patient. It’s been frustrating because everyone wants to play. I’m 22 next week so I don’t have time to sit on the bench. I want to play every game but it’s the gaffer’s decision so when you get your chance you have to take it. I feel I’ve grown up in the last year, now I want to play as many games as I can.”
Dec 21st 2016: "It's hard being away from your family, but you just have to look to the next game, It's been easier with everyone in the same boat. There are not many lads who were here last year."
We have had no time to get home because of all the games, but you have to live with it and it's not the worst job in the world at the end of the day," said Jones, who has made 21 appearances so far. We're always dead close to each another and we all just chill out together.
I was sharing an apartment with Jonny Burn, but he's gone back to Boro and I'm by myself. I am looking forward to the rest and spending some time with my family, but I'm just concentrating on the football.
At the start, I was in and out of the team, but I've been in now for about 10 games, so I am really enjoying playing every week," he said.
It is a lot easier to settle when you are playing all the time because you are focused on the next game. I needed first-team football. I am 22 now, so that's the best thing and I am getting it."
Off the ball, the gaffer has helped me massively, I think, before, I just never used to concentrate off the ball. Saturday, I didn't have my best game on the ball, but I worked really hard off it. That is where I have improved in the last few months." - Clive Lindsay - BBS Scotland -