Doncaster Rovers: Rob Jones to take charge of development team

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Man of the moment Rob Jones has a new role at Rovers - but he’s not about to take his eye off the ball when it comes to his day job.

The 34-year-old made an impressive return to action against Rotherham on Saturday following nine months out.

After the game Jones confirmed he has accepted an offer from Paul Dickov to take charge of the club’s development squad as he bids to climb the management ladder.

But Rovers’ talismanic skipper is not about to let that get in the way of his playing career.

“The gaffer and I discussed it at the end of last season,” Jones said.

“He offered me the reserve team and the development squad and I took it with both hands. It’s a great offer from him, as long as it doesn’t get in the way of playing and training.

“The most important thing for me is playing. But I want to be a manager. That’s what I want to do next. I’ve made no bones about that.

“Obviously I’m half way through my A-Licence at the moment and this is something that well help me. I’m not getting any younger and I need to do something when I’ve finished playing.”

Jones, ruled out since October with a serious neck injury, insists he is fit enough to start at Yeovil this weekend.

“I’ve worked hard to get to this point and it was pleasing to get through Saturday,” he said.

“People in the background - like my wife - were a bit worried and scared about it being the first game back. But for me it was a case of ‘let me get on with it, let me do what I want to do’.

“It took a bit longer than expected to get back - and we’ve been on the brink of the dreaded [retirement] - but thankfully it’s all done and dusted now.

“I felt strong at the weekend. I’m looking forward to a good week’s training, building up to Yeovil. I can play 90 minutes, no problem.”

The Star asked Rovers to clarify Brian Flynn’s position at the club but they did not comment.