6ft 7in new boy has high hopes of longer Owls stay

Loan signing: Giant defender Rob Jones in action against the Owls with Scunthorpe
Loan signing: Giant defender Rob Jones in action against the Owls with Scunthorpe
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OWLS new boy Rob Jones heads for a debut at Southampton tomorrow intending to earn the option of a long-term Hillsborough future.

If he is a hit while on loan from Scunthorpe for the rest of the season then it could open up the chance of a full transfer.

The 31-year-old’s immediate aim is to get into the Owls team and make his reunion with former Iron manager Nigel Adkins an unhapppy one for the Saint boss.

Jones is determined to be an Owls success and says of his future: “We’ll see how it goes. It’s in my hands.”

He has a year left on the contract he signed when Scunthorpe bought him for £350,000 from Hibs in 2009.

Jones told The Star: “I’m delighted to be here. Chances to join a club like this don’t come around every day. It was an easy decision to make.

“I’ve come here to play and progress from there. I’m thoroughly looking forward to the rest of the season.”

The 6ft 7ins centre-half relishes tomorrow’s occasion: “All footballers want to play in big games.

“I’m sure St Mary’s will be packed, it’s on TV, and hopefully I’ll make my debut. There’s not much more you can ask than that, and it’s against my former manager. I’ve seen him once or twice, but it’s been a while.”

Jones not only hopes to strengthen the Owls defence he wants goals, having netted 12 in his three-year spell with Hibs: “I’d be delighted to get off the mark early. The first thing is to get into the team.”

His fellow new arrival, Danny Batth, said: “The aim is to play as many games as I can and do well. I’ll go back to Wolves fresh and see what happens.

“Hopefully I’ll get off to a good start. Southampton is one of the biggest games of the season.

“I like to think I’m a solid defender and play the game as a centre-back should: stopping goals going in.”