'I'm a winner and I want to get promoted with Northampton' - Jones aims high after joining Cobblers on loan

Hatters loanee wants regular playing time at the Cobblers

Monday, 3rd February 2020, 10:05 am
Updated Monday, 3rd February 2020, 10:13 am
Lloyd Jones made an instant impression for the Cobblers at Moss Rose. Picture: Pete Norton

Deadline day signing Lloyd Jones has not joined the Cobblers on loan for the rest of the season just to be a back-up option.

The centre-back signed from Luton Town late on deadline day and was handed his full debut only 24 hours later, starting alongside Charlie Goode and Joe Martin in Town's three-man defence at Macclesfield.

Jones impressed at Moss Rose as Cobblers kept their third successive clean sheet and the 24-year-old does not plan to give up his spot in the team once regulars Jordan Turnbull and Scott Wharton return from injury and suspension respectively.

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"I've got to perform well on the pitch to earn my place in the team but I've played in a back three a lot in my career and I'm looking forward to it," said Jones prior to Saturday's 1-0 win.

"I want to show people what I can do on the ball as well and show some resilience in the back three.

"It's been frustrating at Luton. I've only played seven or eight games this season but at my age I want to be playing regularly and I need experience so hopefully this is the right club for me."

Jones, who is ineligible for Tuesday's FA Cup replay against Derby County, played 14 times during Luton's League One title-winning campaign last year but has made only a handful of appearances in the Championship this term.

With the Hatters well-stocked at centre-back, a chance to go out on loan and play more regularly at the Cobblers, while potentially winning another promotion, was a big selling point.

"It's a good time to join," added Jones. "Promotion is the goal and I spoke to the gaffer on Thursday and I'm really looking forward to it.

"I know a couple of lads here. I spoke to Alan McCormack before coming here and obviously the league position speaks for himself.

"I know Alan from my time at Luton - he used to fine my a lot so I'm hoping to keep hold of my money while I'm here! But the club's going in the right direction.

"I'm quite calm on the ball and I'm aggressive when I need to be but I'm a winner and I want to get promotion with Northampton."