Joevin Jones to switch to Bundesliga 2 in January; agreeing to two-and-half-year SV Darmstadt move

Trinidad and Tobago international Joevin Jones, right, will leave the MLS for German Bundesliga 2 in January. (Photo courtesy TTFA)

Joevin Jones, the 25-year-old former W Connection star, will make a switch from the America's Major League Soccer (MLS) to the German Bundesliga 2 club SV Darmstadt 98 till June 2020.

Jones, who represents Seattle Sounders, will move to Germany in January on a free transfer after signing on the dotted line of a pre-contract with Darmstadt last week.

"This is a big step for me to move to Darmstadt 98 and to enter German football after the last two and a half years in the American MLS," the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) website quotes Jones as saying.

"I am very happy for the chance to prove myself at Darmstadt and I cannot wait to start with the club and help them achieve great things," continued the Trinidad and Tobago left full-back.

"I would like to thank everyone who has been there for me. I have had a solid and a half two years in the MLS which I have enjoyed and I would like to thank everyone at Seattle Sounders, my teammates and the fans who have supported me.

"Now I am looking ahead to moving onto another chapter in my career and I am looking forward to achieving great things with Darmstadt," added Jones.

Darmstadt manager Torsten Frings is eager to have available Joevin, son of former T&T player Kelvin Jones and brother of W Connection's Alvin Jones and Defence Force FC's Marvin Jones.

"We are very pleased that Joevin has decided to join us," said Frings, a former Germany and Bayern Munich midfielder.

Fringes, who played 79 times for Germany, continued, "He (Jones) is an absolutely dream player and a player that we really wanted to have rather today than tomorrow. We trust him to pick up on his performances in the Major League Soccer and we are sure he is going to help us as soon as he is at Darmstadt.”

Evans Wise remains the only Trinidadian to play at the highest level in Germany after joining SSV Ulm 1846 in 1999. The talented former T&T international winger spent the most part of his career across Germany, including Bundesliga 2.

Out of favour Soca Warrior and current Club Sando forward Jamal Gay also had a brief stint in Germany with Rotweiss Oberhausen in 2009.

Jones, meanwhile, is expected to team-up with the likes of Hamit Altintop, a former Turkish international and ex-Real Madrid and Bayern Munich midfielder, Polish international Artur Sobiech, Slovenia international Roman Bxzjak, Australian international Jamie Maclaren and American Terrence Boyd at Darmstadt.

Darmstadt were promoted to top flight Bundelisga for the 2015/16 season but were relegated to Bundelisga 2 after losing 1-0 to Bayern Munich on the 32nd matchday last season.