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Patience paying off for Jones

30 March 2021

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Louis Jones was named in the Football League Paper’s team of the week for his performance against MK Dons on Saturday gaining deserved recognition for a good afternoon between the sticks.

The 22-year-old has had to be patient for his opportunity though. After first appearing on the bench in March 2016, he was named as a substitute a further 55 times before making his senior Rovers debut in the EFL Trophy in September 2020, and it took another six months for him to make his league debut at the beginning of March 2021. 

“It was a long time coming. There were times before when I was really close to playing,” Jones said. 

“You can call it unlucky but it’s all character building. I’ve been patient – I’ve felt ready before and I feel ready now, but it doesn’t matter I’m just pleased to play.” 

Jones played all seven league games in March and believes he is getting stronger with every game. 

“I’m learning so much,” Jones added. 

“There’s always something to pick out of every game but something that I definitely want to improve is being more commanding. 

“I think I’ve done alright so far but I can always build. Saturday was one of my best games, but I just want to keep improving because there’s never an end goal.” 

Head of Academy goalkeeping, Steve Hernandez, added: “It was a special night for the Academy’s goalkeeping department when Louis made his league debut.  

“Louis’ hard-work and dedication throughout the years is an excellent example to all the young and aspiring goalkeepers here at Doncaster Rovers Academy.” 

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