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Jones: From No.41 to No.1

8 July 2021

Louis Jones says being handed the No.1 shirt at Rovers is a proud moment for him and his family.

The shirt was worn by loanees Josef Bursik and Ellery Balcombe last season, with Jones switching from the No.13 jersey he has held for the past two campaigns. 

He said: “I’m really pleased, I think I started with No.41 so to get down and be given the No.1 shirt is a proud moment but it’s about proving that I deserve it now. 

“When I came in on the first day there wasn’t a No.1 kit laid out so I’d been wearing 13, but the gaffer pulled me up on it and told me to go and get my new gear. 

“He’s very passionate and it’s quite clear that he wears his heart on his sleeve which can only be a good thing for the club.” 

After setting himself targets during the off-season, Jones says he’s enjoyed getting back to work in the first week of pre-season. 

He added: “We’ve had a really good start to the summer, the standards have been set really high and I’m really enjoying it. 

“For me I’ve always said just how important Gez (Paul Gerrard) has been massive in my development, he’s the one constant for me in my career. We’ve got a really good relationship to the point where we read each other’s mind and know what is going to come out of the other’s mouth. 

“I’ve been in the gym and tried to put on weight which I’ve managed, I wanted to do that to give myself more of a presence.” 

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