SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Club comes first for promotion skipper

Missed out: Rob Jones lost his place to Miguel Llera for the run-in
Missed out: Rob Jones lost his place to Miguel Llera for the run-in
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WEDNESDAY captain Rob Jones is ready for a another challenge next season after ending this one with the verdict: “Mission accomplished.”

The 32-year-old centre-half arrived at Hillsborough as a Wednesday fan since boyhood and with promotion in his sights.

Jones played a major part in the club going up but there was a slight personal downside when he lost his place near the end of the season.

So his next goal is to see the club thrive at the next level and to regain his slot in the side.

“It’s mission accomplished; promotion was our aim for a long time,” he told The Star.

“Around six weeks ago not many people gave us much of a chance. But we went the distance; all credit to the lads.”

To Jones, the feat compares with him winning the Scottish League Cup with Hibernian as a career highlight.

“That was my first tro

phy. But this is my club, which makes it a bit more special,” he said. “At the back end of last season, I didn’t really know where I was going to go. I got the call to come here and didn’t think twice, really.

“To be made captain of this club, and to help them get promotion - it doesn’t get much better than that.”

Jones sat out the last six games after losing his place because of a two-match ban.

The skipper harshly received his 10th booking of the season in the 2-0 win against Preston and was banned for the big game at Huddersfield and the Easter Monday visit of Oldham.

The Owls won both games, scoring five goals and conceding none, and Llera grabbed two goals as well being defensively sound.

Llera also went on to score two more in the run-in and win a League One Player of the Month award.

Jones says: “It’s always disappointing when you don’t play. I was suspended; Miguel Llera came in and did extremely well. The gaffer has to make a decision based on his options,

“I’m captain of the club. I’ve had my role on and off the pitch. I think I’ve done it in a way a captain should. I didn’t play at the end but there’s a bigger picture. It’s about Sheffield Wednesday, not Rob Jones..”

But the former Scunthorpe defender played 36 league and cup games this season and made one appearance as a sub.

He added: “It’s a case of back in the Championship and hopefully back in the side for me; we’ll go again and see where it takes us.”