Doncaster Rovers: Rob Jones ‘to get bigger role’

Rob Jones says he is to have a bigger role around the first team squad next season
Rob Jones says he is to have a bigger role around the first team squad next season

Rob Jones says he will have an increased role around the first team next season after signing a deal to remain with Doncaster Rovers.

Club captain Jones looks set to add to his levels of responsibility heading into next season as he seeks to broaden his coaching experience.

The 35-year-old will remain in charge of Rovers’ development squad and is keen to earn as much game time in the first team as possible.

But Jones is so far keeping tight-lipped on the details of his expanded role.

“I’ll have more of a role within the first team – to be discussed at a later date,” he told the club’s website.

“All this is experience which is invaluable to me.

“I’ve got my development squad again. I thoroughly enjoyed it last year and learned a lot.

“I’m starting to mould myself in to the coach and manager that I want to be and that comes with time on the training pitch and on the touchline and that comes with making key decisions at pivotal moments.”

The Star understands Rovers remain keen for Jones to focus mainly on his coaching duties as part of his new deal.

Boss Paul Dickov is looking to bring in at least one new centre half, with pace high on his list of desired attributes.

But Jones remains steadfast in his belief he still has plenty to offer as a regular starter for the first team.

Rovers have confirmed the long-mooted pre-season friendly against Middlesbrough for July 25 at the Keepmoat.

The fixture – a 3pm kick-off – is expected to double as a testimonial for James Coppinger.

It will also see the return of Boro’s former Rovers duo James Husband and George Friend and is the fourth and final home friendly announced by the club.

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