Port Vale: Micky Adams hails new signing Daniel Jones
MICKY Adams last night hailed left-back Daniel Jones as a quality addition to the Port Vale squad.
The 26-year-old, the club's fourth new arrival since the January transfer window opened, has signed a short-term contract that runs until the end of the season.
Vale boss Adams said he was delighted to bring a player of Jones's quality into his squad.
"He has played a number of games in the Championship this season," he said, "and the fact he has signed for us underlines the commitment of the owners to bring quality to the Port Vale squad. I'm looking forward to working with him."
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Jones, who can also play on the left of midfield, was released by the Owls yesterday. He goes straight into the Vale squad hoping to face Bradford City tomorrow (3pm).
Jones was born in Dudley and graduated through the ranks at Wolves, where he made 10 appearances for the first team before spending loan spells at Northampton (2007/08) and Oldham (2008/09), where he scored on his debut.
Further loans at Notts County and Bristol Rovers followed before he signed a three-year deal for then League One Wednesday in June 2010.
Jones went on to make 50 appearances for the Owls in all competitions, playing a part in their promotion to the Championship last season.
He made 11 starts for the South Yorkshire club this term, but has not featured since a November defeat at Nottingham Forest.
Chairman Paul Wildes, a Wednesday fan, described Jones as an exciting addition to the Vale squad.
"He's a player with real quality and pace who will add a lot to the group we have," he said.
"He's 6ft 2in, a real unit. I've just seen him having his medical.
"And he played with Darren Purse while he was at Hillsborough, so that's another good thing.
"I joked to Micky that I'm trying to build a nucleus of Sheffield Wednesday players here.
"But this is about adding to what we already have – we're building a squad to develop our challenge for promotion."
Wildes said there could yet be more new arrivals.
"We're not closing the book yet," he added. "We'll keep looking around and if there is someone else around we feel can improve the squad, then we'll try to bring them in.
"But this is another indication of our commitment to the cause and shows that we're trying to give Micky Adams all the tools we possibly can."
Meanwhile, Vale are working hard to try to ensure tomorrow's game against Bradford beats the big freeze.
The match had seemed certain to fall foul of the weather, but the club have hired two industrial blowers in a bid to clear the Vale Park pitch of ice and snow, and ground staff spent all last night at the club overseeing the work.
Another blower was due to be brought in this morning.
Wildes added: "Steve Speed, our groundsman, is working flat out. We're doing all we can to get the game on.
"The blowers should help things, not only on the pitch and the surrounding areas, but around the ground too.
"The Railway Stand is a problem because the water pipes were frozen, but we're working on a solution and keeping our fingers crossed."
However, with more snow falling last night, there was no guarantee the game would survive, despite the club's best efforts.
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