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Interview: Jodi Jones

Loanee discusses decision to sign permanently

23 May 2023

Club News

Interview: Jodi Jones

Loanee discusses decision to sign permanently

23 May 2023

Jodi Jones has vowed to repay the support he’s received from Notts fans by showing them ‘another level’ to his game next season.

The 25-year-old answered the cacophony of calls for him to accept our offer of a two-year contract by signing on the dotted line earlier today.

And Jones says he’s been flattered by the love shown to him by the Magpies faithful.

“My social media notifications have been going crazy over the last few days,” he laughed. “It’s great to feel so wanted – and I can’t wait for them to see the news so they can stop messaging me!

“I also want them to know that I’ve got another level in me. 2022-23 was my comeback season – my chance to get back to playing week in, week out  – and I’ve got so much more in the locker, which I can’t wait to showcase in front of our amazing fans every week.

For Jones, signing the contract was a ‘no-brainer’.

“I’m absolutely over the moon to sign for Notts County,” he said. “It’s a club that made me fall back in love with the game and I’m very grateful for that.

“I was always hoping to be offered something, and felt I’d done well enough, but in football you never know.

“I was really excited when my agent let me know that the club were keen to bring me in permanently. I was only focused on Notts and continuing at a club where I feel comfortable and happy, which is really valuable to any footballer.

“I’m so, so thankful to everyone who contributed to me coming here and I’m happy to have repaid some of that by playing a small part in getting the club back to where it belongs.

“I can only see Notts going one way now, and that’s up. We’ve got an amazing chance of competing right at the top of League Two next season.

“I’ve played at that level before, along with some of the other boys, and I strongly believe we can have another great season. I’m really looking forward to it.”

One of the reasons Jones is so keen to stay is the quality of coaching he’s received in his time at Meadow Lane.

“The level of individual detail the gaffer and his staff go into with me, and other players, is something I really admire and enjoy,” he said.

“It just shows how much they believe in me and want me to do well. As a player, that’s something I really appreciate because there’s nothing worse than being brushed aside when you’re not playing.

“When I came to Notts they were already flying and I’d seen clips of how well they were playing, so I never expected to walk into the side. I knew I’d have to be patient and I’m happy with the minutes I got. I don’t think the club could have managed me any better.

“I’m still working hard on getting my fitness back and hopefully come the start of next season I’ll be up to speed with all the boys.”

Jones’ time at Meadow Lane hasn’t only been important to him – but also his family.

“It’s been absolutely massive,” he said. “We’ve all suffered together in recent years.

“They watched me grow as a kid, knowing how much I loved football, and for them to see me not being able to play for so long was horrible for them.

“Without family, I wouldn’t be where I am today. They’ve been dying to see me playing regularly, and I’ve been dying to give them that – and what they’ve seen at Notts so far equates to about three amazing seasons! We couldn’t ask for much more.”

Jones has been deployed in wide and central areas by Williams and is more than happy to continue being tasked with any role.

“I’ve enjoyed the challenge of playing in different positions,” he said. “When you’ve spent as much time off the pitch as I have, you’re happy whenever you’re on it.

“Out wide is my natural position and where I love to be, but I’m also keen to play inside more because I really believe in my ability to cause damage by taking up positions outside the box and utilising my finishing ability.”

Fancy joining Jodi in committing to the club for 2023-24? Early bird season ticket prices are available until 8 June!

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