Fleetwood sign Everton defender Jones

Fleetwood Town have snapped up Everton's versatile defender Gethin Jones on a long term deal.

Friday, 5th January 2018, 4:28 pm
Updated Friday, 5th January 2018, 4:35 pm
Fleetwood's new defender Gethin Jones

Right footer Jones, 22, has never featured for the Toffees' first team but the full-back enjoyed a successful loan spell at Championship side Barnsley at the end of last term.

It is understood the club have paid a small fee to secure his services with the defender only just returning to action after a nasty leg injury.

Jones picked up that injury playing for Everton's U23 side in their 4-2 win over Arsenal in September but returned for the development squad in December.

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The youngster who was born in Perth, Australia but has represented Wales at U17, U19 and U21 level, was utilised in a left-back position by Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom despite being predominately right-footed.

Thus his arrival will provide Town with strength in depth in both full-back roles with left-back Amari'i Bell linked with a move to Fleetwood's League One rivals Blackburn Rovers and Championship side Cardiff City this transfer window.And Rosler says this move is to cover the potential of a Bell exit this January with Jones going straight into contention for tomorrow's FA Cup clash with Premier League side Leicester at Highbury.

He said: "Gethin is a player who we have watched. I met him last summer and he is a player that can play both full-back positions.

"He is right footed, he can play on the right side, full back or wing back.

"He played for Barnsley in the Championship 19 games on the left-side too.

"For a club like us who needs player who cover certain positions it is obviously optimal on a high level to have a player like that who feel comfortable playing both wing-back or full back positions.

"Especially with the uncertain future of Amari'i it is just one we also cover also a little bit."

One player who knows all about Jones is Town forward Conor McAleny.

McAleny, 25, moved to Highbury from Everton on a free transfer in the summer and he believes Jones will fit into Town's high tempo style.

He said: "We played with each other for a few years.

"He is a good player and I think he will be a really good addition to the team.

"He plays exactly the way the manager would like, full of energy.

"I'm looking forward to playing with him again."