Jones keen to keep loan trio

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OWLS captain Rob Jones wants to see the club’s loan stars enter fresh spells at Hillsborough.

The defender regards men such as Ben Marshall, Stephen Bywater and Danny Batth as players who have played an important part in the club’s success.

“They have come in and done extremely well,” says Jones.

“Ben took the club by storm; Stephen has kept a lot of clean sheets and looked very solid; Danny has a massive future in front of him and has everything he needs to be a top, top centre-half.

“It’s been great to have them here, We’d all love them to stay.

“They have fitted in very well; that’s the way the club is - it’s a welcoming club, a club people want to be at. We’re a very close unit - not just the players but whole club.”

Jones says it is has been a pleasure playing alongside Batth in a back four who have had Bywater behind them.

“Stephen is a good guy; he came in when Nicky Weaver was injured; those were very big boots to fill and he has done very well.

“His experience is massive. He’s played in the Premier League and in an awful lot of games. He’s good at bonding - and at mickey-taking at times! He works hard and is a great talker who fills you with confidence, which is what you want from a goalkeeper.”

Bywater plays the final game of his loan today, against Huddersfield, but Gary Megson hopes to bring him back in January.

The Owls manager also hopes the club can re-sign Marshall and Batth, whose loans expire next month.

Huddersfield’s former Owls captain Tommy Miller returns to Hillsborough, with Megson saying: “He’s the best penalty-taker I’ve ever seen.

“Tommy’s a great lad. The wage he was on was very high for League One. We couldn’t do that; we also wanted to change a few things. But he gave it his all.”

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