Doncaster Rovers: Rob Jones not ready to step away from playing role despite proposed role

Rob Jones
Rob Jones

Rob Jones is not yet ready to give up the fight for a regular starting berth at Rovers, the Star understands.

It is understood Rovers want Jones to mainly focus on his coaching role with the development squad, should he opt to sign the new deal that has been tabled this summer.

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But while certainly determined to further his coaching career, the 35-year-old still feels as though he can play a big role on the playing field next season.

And he is understood to be keen for the acceptance of a new deal not be taken as a signal his playing days are numbered.

After an injury hit campaign, Rovers’ reigning club captain started the final five games of the season, impressing with a string of solid performances.

And after ailments reduced his playing time to just 11 games over the last 18 months, Jones is eager to continue his run of starts into next season.

Paul Dickov is expected to pursue the signing of at least one new centre half this summer, following the release of Jamie McCombe.

And pace is high on his list of wants as he looks for someone to challenge Andy Butler and Luke McCullough for a starting berth.

But Jones believes he will be involved in the fight for a shirt as well, particularly after proving his fitness towards the end of the campaign.

It is something Jones hinted at during the early days of his return to action last month.

He said: “I’ve missed two much football in the last two years. I’m nearly 36. I want to play football.

“I want to continue my coaching but I want to play football first and foremost. It’s as simple as that.

“The U21 job is brilliant but it comes second.

“I want to stop when I want to stop, not when somebody else tells me to.”

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