Darren Jones

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Darren Jones
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Jones playing for Aldershot Town in 2010
Personal information
Full name Darren Lee Jones[1]
Date of birth (1983-08-26) 26 August 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Newport, Wales
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Newport County
Number 5
Youth career
000?–2000 Bristol City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Bristol City 2 (0)
2002–2003 Forest Green Rovers (loan) 15 (0)
2003 Cheltenham Town (loan) 14 (1)
2004–2005 Newport County ? (?)
2006–2009 Forest Green Rovers 118 (7)
2009–2010 Hereford United 40 (3)
2010–2012 Aldershot Town 85 (1)
2012–2014 Shrewsbury Town 53 (1)
2014 AFC Wimbledon 18 (1)
2014– Newport County 20 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:29, 14 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Darren Lee Jones (born 26 August 1983) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays for Newport County, as a defender.

Club career[edit]

Jones in Aldershot colours.

Born in Newport, Wales, Jones began his career as a professional trainee for Bristol City,[2] making one Football League appearance before joining Forest Green Rovers on loan in September 2002.[3] He was then loaned to League Two side Cheltenham Town in 2003, where he made 14 league appearances.[4]

He dropped down in to non league football and signed for Newport County on a free transfer in early 2004.[5] Jones and fellow Newport County footballer Andrew Thomas were jailed for two months for an assault outside a Newport nightclub in November 2005.[6]

On his release from prison, Jones returned to Forest Green Rovers for a second spell in March 2006.[7] Jones was a pivotal part in keeping Rovers in the Conference on his return to Forest Green and was a central part in the defence when Rovers recorded their highest ever finish in the 2007–08 season.

On 9 June 2009, it was confirmed that Darren had signed for recently relegated League Two side Hereford United for the 2009–10 season.[8] In June 2010 Jones moved on again, joining fellow League Two side Aldershot Town.

In early June 2012, Aldershot confirmed that Jones had rejected their offer of a new contract, instead choosing to sign for a "recently promoted League One side."

On 8 June 2012, Jones signed for Shrewsbury Town, having worked with manager Graham Turner before at Hereford. Despite two seasons captaining the Shots, he claimed the move to Shrewsbury was a "No Brainer".[9] [10] Jones made his debut for Shrewsbury as the League One newcomers lost 1–0 at Sheffield United.

Jones made 38 appearances for Shrewsbury in the 2012–13 season, scoring once against Coventry City,[11] however his season ended prematurely after suffering a dislocated shoulder in an away match at Carlisle United in March 2013.[12]

Jones was released by Shrewsbury in January 2014[13] and joined A.F.C. Wimbledon.

On the 20th May 2014 Jones re-signed for Newport County.[14] He made his debut for Newport versus Wycombe Wanderers on 9 August 2014. He scored his first competitive goal for Newport in the 3-2 win versus Northampton Town on 13 September 2014.


International career[edit]

Jones played for Wales at youth level.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 224. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Jones signs Robins deal". BBC. 2002-05-17. Retrieved 2002-05-17. 
  3. ^ "Addison shuffles pack". BBC. 2002-09-25. Retrieved 2002-09-25. 
  4. ^ "Gould grateful to board". BBC. 2003-08-26. Retrieved 2003-08-26. 
  5. ^ "Jones signs for Newport". BBC. 2004-02-24. Retrieved 2004-02-24. 
  6. ^ Jones and Thomas jailed
  7. ^ "Forest Green complete Jones deal". BBC. 2006-03-02. Retrieved 2006-03-02. 
  8. ^ "Defender Jones signs for Hereford". BBC. 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  9. ^ http://www.shrewsburytown.com/page/NewsDetail/0,,10443~2833197,00.html
  10. ^ "Town land central defender Jones". Shrewsbury Town F.C. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  11. ^ "BBC Sport – Shrewsbury Town 4–1 Coventry City" BBC Sport. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  12. ^ "BBC Sport – Shrewsbury Town: Injured Darren Jones to miss rest of season" BBC Sport. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  13. ^ Jones leaves Shrewsbury
  14. ^ [1]

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