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Jones has joined the Kiwis squad for this Saturday's test against Great Britain at Hudderfield's Galpharm Stadium after Lance Hohaia was ruled out with an injured ankle.
McClennan applauded the halfback's new Super League club Les Catalans for allowing him to rejoin the camp.
"The management and coaching staff at Les Catalans have been outstanding," he said.
"We can't say enough about how professional they've been.
"Working with Grant Mayer and Steve Deakin has been a pleasure, they really have made the task easy."
McClennan is rapt to have Jones back.
"Stacey is the ultimate professional," he said.
"He's been hopping on and off planes for the past few weeks but he hasn't shown any signs of tiredness or anything.
"He just gets on with the job and does what he has to."
Jones will return to New Zealand on November 19 to be with his wife Rochelle for the birth of their baby late in the following week.
McClennan said he was extremely grateful for Jones' services throughout the tournament.
"Stacey has the full support of the Kiwis players and management staff," he said.
"Family is a very important part of this team and we totally support Stacey being with his wife and family during this special time.
"We can't thank him enough for everything he has done for us."
The Kiwis have named a 19-man squad for their second clash with Great Britain and will reduce the squad to 17 prior to kick-off tomorrow.
The Kiwis squad is:
Louis Anderson Roy Asotasi David Faiumu Awen Guttenbeil Shontayne Hape Stacey Jones David Kidwell Ali Lauitiiti Frank Pritchard Paul Rauhihi David Solomona Motu Tony Clinton Toopi Nigel Vagana Manu Vatuvei Brent Webb Jake Webster Paul Whatuira Ruben Wiki ?.
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