Salford signed midfielder Joey Jones from last years National League rivals Eastleigh. The 25-year-old had two stand-out performances against the Ammies last season, scoring a goal and assisting two. He caught the eye of manager Graham Alexander, who has quickly snapped up Jones on a two-year deal.
So, what will he bring to Salford next season?
Vital EFL experience
This is Salford’s first ever season in the EFL, therefore buying experienced players will be a necessity this summer. Jones brings bags of big-game experience, having played for Arsenal, Leicester and Yeovil in the past. During his time with The Glovers he won promotion to the Championship, and now a few years later he’s hoping to rise in the football ladder again.
Although Alexander is building a talented squad and has the ability to attract talented youngsters, finding the right balance between quality and experience, will determine how well The Ammies do next season. When the season is reaching its conclusion, it’s pivotal that you have players who have experienced winning season-defining matches and Jones has done that.
A young, ambitious, talented player that has tasted victory in League One with Yeovil, signing for Salford on a free transfer, will surely please their supporters.
League Two is a very demanding league, for any club. 46 physical battles certainly take its tolls on the players, staff and fans. So, the best way to equip yourself for it is to buy a solid squad that is reliable and willing to work hard over the course of the season.
Towards the end of the campaign, a majority of clubs will suffer from a number of injuries and suspensions. Having versatile players that can fill in a number of areas on the pitch is massively important. Jones is predominantly a central midfielder, however, he has played all across the defence in the past. I’m sure Alexander considered this when looking to sign Jones, and concluded he is a player that ticks all the boxes.
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