THERE has been a sense of inevitability about Rob Jones departure from Sheffield Wednesday.
Dave Jones wasted no time over the summer in strengthening his back four, signing Kieran Lee, Joe Mattock and Anthony Gardner. The Owls manager is also chasing another centre-back ahead of the forthcoming Championship campaign.
All of the new arrivals pushed Rob Jones further down the pecking order. Despite being contracted to Wednesday until 2013, the 32-year-old decided to leave the club by mutual consent yesterday.
Rob Jones held talks and had a medical with Doncaster Rovers over the weekend and could join the South Yorkshire outfit today.
Rob Jones, who started his career at Gateshead before spells at Stockport, Macclesfield, Grimsby and Hibernian, played an instrumental role in the Owls going up last term, starting 36 league and cup matches and making one substitute appearance.
A Scottish League Cup winner with Hibernian, the giant defender said helping Wednesday, the club he supported as a boy, clinch automatic promotion was the highlight of his career. However, his long-term future at Hillsborough has been shrouded in doubt since March when he lost his place in the starting line-up. Rob Jones picked up his 10th caution of the season in the 2-0 victory over Preston North End, condemning the former Scunthorpe United player to two-match suspension.
Dave Jones drafted in Miguel Llera to partner Danny Batth and the Owls won both matches, scoring five goals and conceding none. Llera’s impressive form kept Rob Jones out of the side, meaning he sat out the last six fixtures.
In total, Jones, the former Wednesday skipper, made 45 appearances, scoring five goals after moving from Scunthorpe United.
With Jones set to drop back down to League One level, midfield enforcer Jose Semedo is in contention to take the captain’s armband.