Sheffield Wednesday: David Jones desperate for success with his boyhood Owls

Sheffield Wednesday new boy David Jones
Sheffield Wednesday new boy David Jones
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The opportunity to restore your boyhood club to former glories as potentially the last great hurrah of your career would be a dream for any footballer.

That prospect is now facing Sheffield Wednesday new boy David Jones who this week joined the quest to end the Owls’ Premier League exile at the 17 year mark.

Despite growing up on the Welsh border between Wrexham and Chester, Jones was a Wednesdayite as a child, growing up in the glory years of the 1990s.

And the idea of helping to bring back the good times at Hillsborough excites Jones.

“It would be amazing, brilliant, to come here and achieve good things,” the 31-year-old said.

“I’ve had a lot of texts from friends who I’ve kept in touch with since I was a kid and they knew I supported Wednesday.

“They’ve all been saying it was inevitable at some point that I would be joining.

“I had a Waddle, No 8, shirt as a kid and I really enjoyed following the team at a young age.

“My uncle supported Wednesday and I suppose the influence came from that. I used to go to games whenever I could but it’d mainly be when they were away not far from where we lived.

“Once I signed for Manchester United as a youngster, obviously you just follow your own career and the team you’re playing for at the time.

“But it’s always been a club, the first team I supported, that I followed and took an interest in.

“It adds that little bit of extra something, joining Wednesday.

“I’m really looking forward to this challenge but there’s nothing guaranteed in this league.”

The Championship is a division Jones knows all about.

Winning promotion to the top flight with Burnley last season was the fourth time the midfielder has been part of a side to exit the Championship at the right end.

Should he do the same with the Owls, he will tie with Kevin Phillips as the player with the most promotions into the Premier League during his career.

But Jones insists he is not motivated by records.

He said: “At the end of your career, if you reflected back, that would be a good achievement.

“But I’m not looking to break such records.

“I just want to firstly play in the here and now. Get in the team, get some games and enjoy my time here.

“Hopefully I can help the team be successful.

“If that ends up with promotion, then great.”

Jones – who started Burnley’s first game of the season against Swansea City last weekend – had a year remaining on his deal at Turf Moor when the Owls met a release clause in his deal earlier this week.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche says he was powerless to prevent the midfielder from leaving as Wednesday offered a three-year deal, something Burnley would not match.

Dyche was nevertheless full of praise for Jones, who twice won promotion with Burnley.

“He’s a fantastic fella,” Dyche said. “He’s a man, he acts older than his age, he’s very mature and very professional, and he totally understood the situation.

“He felt it was right for him to make the jump now.

“I told him he’d been fantastic. We wish him well.

“There’s a time when you have to allow players a say in what they do and he’d earned that right with me.

“His contract was running out. We would have offered him a stronger contract and a longer contract but it wouldn’t have been three years.

“It’s not club policy but it’s just the way I would have seen it. I explained that to him.”

Jones is in line to make his Wednesday debut today in the Yorkshire derby clash with Leeds United at Hillsborough.