The EFL Hub on Twitter has revealed that Oldham Athletic are to look at Shrewsbury midfielder, Sam Jones.
The 27-year-old only signed for Shrewsbury Town last season but was only given the chance to play for the club five times. This would suggest that not only are Oldham looking for new signings but, maybe the Welsh international also wants to sign for a club who will actually be able to give him starts. Jones has been around in terms of clubs, he’s played for; Heanor, Alfreton Town, Gateshead and Grimsby before signing for Shrewsbury last year, and he’s managed to bag double-figure goals in most seasons. That’s impressive for a midfielder but since 2014, Jones has been at a different club every season.
So why should Oldham make it their mission to sign him?
Midfielder and Striker For The Price Of One
Jones has got a really impressive goal record behind him. He managed 16 goals for Heanor Town in the one season he was there, 13 goals for Alfreton Town over the 15/16 season, 9 goals for Gateshead when he was there from 2016 to 2017 and another 13 for Grimsby Town in his appearances for the club in 2017/18.
The 27-year-old then moved to Shrewsbury in the same season, managed one goal out of the five appearances he made and even went on to score two more in the 12 appearances he had for Cheltenham. Oldham would have a goal scorer and a strong attacking midfielder all in one man, double-figure goals in nearly every season he’s played as a midfielder sounds really positive.
As the stats show, Jones isn’t a stranger to moving around. He hasn’t managed a solid stay at a club in years. Since 2014, he’s represented a different team every year. Oldham Athletic could offer the midfielder a lot more starts and the chance to show off his ability.
If the transfer does go ahead then maybe Jones might be looked at internationally again also. He played for Wales Under 19’s but as he approaches 28, he could aim to get some first team caps too.