Billy Jones still may not be the last to leave Rotherham United this month
Rotherham's January exodus continued as defender Billy Jones joined Crewe on loan until the end of the season.
The 33-year-old bids farewell to the Millers as he is out of contract in the summer and will not be offered a new deal.
He follows Mickel Miller and Kyle Vassell out of the door at the AESSEAL New York Stadium this month as boss Paul Warne reshapes his squad.
Others, such as Adam Thompson, Jamie Proctor, Trevor Clarke and Curtis Tilt, could follow before the window shuts as Warne makes room for possible arrivals.
Jones' move to Gresty Road is an emotional one as he started his career at the club, making his debut 18 years ago, before earning a move to Preston and subsequently Sunderland.
“It came about quite quickly, unfortunately I wasn't playing as much as I would have liked at Rotherham,” he said.
“I have been fit for most of the season, the players and team in front of me have been doing well so I asked the question to see whether teams would be interested.
“Luckily Crewe were interested and it happened pretty quickly.”
Jones joined the Millers in 2018 but has been restricted to just 41 appearances due to a number of injuries.
He has been behind Wes Harding and Matt Olosunde in the pecking order so jumped at the chance to return to the place where it all started.
“It is really nice to be back and I am happy to be here,” he added.
“Still a few familiar faces from the club from when I was last here, just being here at the stadium is bringing it all back.
“When you join a club on loan you hope you can make an impact and get in the team as soon as possible.
“Second debut, I always imagined possibly being back here one day so I am happy it has happened.
“The team and lads are doing really well so it is great to join a team who is doing well.”
Warne has stated his case for arrivals this month, but admits nothing is imminent and any arrivals look as if they will happen late in the window.