New boy Jones knows what to expect in League One

New Rovers signing Rob Jones.
New Rovers signing Rob Jones.
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GIANT Geordie defender Rob Jones is hoping to teach his team-mates a few things about winning promotion from League One.

Only a handful of players now remain at Rovers from the promotion-winning squad of 2008.

But Jones - a former teacher - also has first hand experience of what it takes to get out of the third tier after skippering Sheffield Wednesday to promotion last season.

Jones said: “It was a fantastic experience captaining Sheffield Wednesday last season and getting the club back into the Championship.

“That’s what we want to do here.

“Hopefully that experience - added to the experience that’s already here - will help us this season.

“League One’s a tough league,” he added.

“It’s a physical league, but there’s also a lot of teams who want to get the ball down and play.

“So you’ve got to balance it up.

“There’s strong teams come down from the Championship and up from League Two so it’ll be a tough season.”

Jones, formerly of Scunthorpe and Hibernian, is a timely addition after George Friend completed his move to Middlesbrough on Monday.

The 32-year-old centre back fits Dean Saunders’ criteria - he’s both imposing, big and experienced.

Rovers’ boss has spoken several times about his desire to field two physically strong and imposing centre backs - and will hope to add to the signing of Jones with the capture of two more defenders.