Corporal earns new Keepmoat contract.Rob Jones has today penned a contract extension with the club that will see him undertake a formal playing and coaching role until June 2016.
Jones, who arrived in the summer of 2012 from Sheffield Wednesday, was instrumental to the club’s League One Championship win during the 12/13 season where he combined playing with captaincy and being assistant manager.
The popular 35 year old said: “I’ve never expressed a wish to move on from here. I’ve been here three years and loved every minute of it.
“Maybe I’ve shown people that I can still play – I managed to score twice in the final five games which is not a bad stat to have over the last few games of the season.
“I’ve had my ups and downs and it’s been difficult at times and its now entered everyone else’s heads that I can still play – it was five games of 90 minutes on the bounce and Rob Jones can still play at this level.”
Jones parted by saying that he will be the one who decides when to hang up his boots.
“I’ve said it time and time again, I’m not going to allow someone else to dictate whether I can play or not,” he said.
“I will decide when the time is right (to retire). If I felt I couldn’t do it anymore then I wouldn’t do it and I’d move on to the coaching side of it which I thoroughly enjoy.
“I’m 35 but I don’t feel 35, I feel good and I feel strong and as long as I feel that then I’ll continue to play.
""I’m really looking forward to full pre-season now. I have seen the work going on off the pitch, the work the teams are doing to improve things for our fans, and also the work Paul [Dickov] and Gerry [Taggart] are doing to build a better squad here. I can’t wait to be part of it. The players Paul and Gerry are talking to are a different class and when they start to sign I genuinely believe our fans will be very, very excited."
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