IT LOOKS increasingly likely that Rob Jones has played his final match for Scunthorpe United.
Iron boss Alan Knill has hinted he is willing to listen to offers for the giant centre-back this summer.
Jones caught the eye in a seven week loan spell at Hillsborough at the end of last season, making eight appearances as Gary Megson’s men finished in 15th position in League One. In tandem with Danny Batth, Jones helped tighten up the club’s leaky back four.
While Wednesday have yet to make an approach to buy Jones on a permanent basis, Knill expects there to be plenty of interest in the 31-year-old following his successful loan stint at the club.
Knill, who has also declared his interest in Rotherham United duo Nicky Law and Adam Le Fondre, believes it is just a matter of time before the Owls lodge a bid.
“He’s done really well there, so I would expect some interest,” he said. “The indication is that they are quite happy with him, so I would expect us to have some sort of communication with Sheffield Wednesday.”
Megson has made no secret of his desire to bring in nine new faces when the transfer market reopens as he looks to turn the club into promotion contenders.
He is keeping tight-lipped on whether he wants to re-sign loan players Jones, Batth and top-scorer Neil Mellor.
A potential stumbling block which could deter Wednesday from trying to purchase Jones may be the transfer fee the Iron would demand for his services. Megson has said he will pay money for three of his nine summer targets but Scunthorpe are thought to be keen on recouping a major chunk of the £350,000 they forked out on Jones nearly two years ago.
Former Rotherham chief Knill has confirmed he is considering offloading Jones with a view to reducing the club’s wage bill as they prepare for life in the third tier.
“Selling Rob Jones would free up a bit of cash, but at the same time, he’s a good player,” he said. “But when you come down from the Championship you have to bring the budget down.”
Because of Jones’ age and injury track record, Megson may decide to look elsewhere to strengthen his defensive options. He was linked with Macedonian centre-back Vance Sikov, who plays for Cypriot side Ethnikos Achnas, over the weekend.