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Introducing Brad Jones

23 February 2017

In the latest instalment of our introducing series, we caught up with youth team goalkeeper Brad Jones.

There've been a lot of footballing brothers, the Neville’s and the Charlton’s to name but two.

While here at Chesterfield, we have the Jones’, with first year scholar Brad, being accompanied by his brother Harry, who is a member of the club’s under 12s.

Both the Jones’ are goalkeepers, with older sibling Brad passing on tricks of the trade.

“Harry’s been with the club for around the same period as me,” Brad said. 

“There’s times when I’m back home I’ll go out with him and do some work with him and try to teach him a few things.” 

Jones has enjoyed his first year at the Proact after joining from Nottingham Forest. 

He said: “It’s been good, even though it’s been hard as well.

“I was released by Forest when I was 16, I’d been there around five years and then I had a trial here last summer.

“I only trained once, and then the club called my dad on the Sunday night and they said that they would like to offer me a scholarship.”

With goalkeeping styles being in focus across football, Jones gave us an insight into the type of player he is, as well as the training routines he undergoes on a daily basis.  

He said: “Since I’ve been here I feel that I’ve progressed as the season has gone on.

“There’s times when I’m good as a sweeper-keeper, while there’s times when I’m a good shot-stopper too.

“I’ll always try to play out from the back if it’s on instead of going long all of the time; it’s what I like to do. 

“The main things that we’re working on are footwork and intensity. 

“So making the first save and getting back up – improving my reactions – to make the save, as it’s always game related the training can be hard.

“I’ve got to keep pushing myself between now and the end of the season and hopefully I’ll get the number one spot in the coming games.”

Jones has been battling for the number one spot with Dylan Parkin throughout the season, and admits that he’s not played as many matches as he’d have liked.

He did however, feature in a friendly match with Doncaster Rovers last Saturday, in a Spireites XI that featured first year scholars and under 16 players.

And despite being on the losing side, Jones felt the run out was beneficial. 

“It was a good test for us and gives us an idea of what to expect next season,” he said.

“I think that the first years have settled in well, and that they’re all working hard to get their places in the team. The new players look good as well; it’s not looking bad for next season.”

Jones will once again be in the squad when the youth team take on Oldham Athletic at Clay Cross on Saturday, 11am.

The original fixture between the sides was postponed due to bad weather, and despite Oldham being on a nine game unbeaten run, Jones is confident of getting a result.

“We’ve worked hard in training this week, and we’ll have our game heads on tomorrow,” Jones explained.

“They tend to play it long for their strikers while they’ve got a centre half who’s good in the air, so we’ll try to play it around them.” 

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