Jones 'hasn't stopped knocking' on Brady's door for a starting berth

Striker has made five substitute appearances since joining last month

Monday, 12th April 2021, 2:06 pm
Updated Monday, 12th April 2021, 2:08 pm
Alex Jones.
Alex Jones.

Striker Alex Jones says he 'hasn't stopped knocking' on manager Jon Brady s door as he continues to bide his time for a first start at the Cobblers.

The 26-year-old signed a short-term deal until the end of the season in early March and has so far managed five substitute appearances.

He scored on his debut at Charlton and also impressed off the bench against Bristol Rovers on Saturday, winning a crucial late penalty that was converted by Sam Hoskins.

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However, despite the clamour from fans for him to be given a start, Jones is yet to play more than 30 minutes for the Cobblers.

He said: "I don't think I've stopped knocking on his door to be honest - I think he's probably sick and tired of me!

"But I came on and did all I could to help the team and it's obviously the gaffer's decision in terms of who starts and who doesn't, but I always want to play.

"No-one really knows until I get out there how long I'm going to last. I haven't played in a while but I like to think I could give it everything I can for 60 or 70 minutes.

"But I didn't have a club for a while before coming here so just to be involved and to be getting on the pitch is brilliant."

Brady did hint he could be tempted to start Jones when Cobblers head to Peterborough United on Friday evening, though nothing is guaranteed.

He said: "Our quality in the final third needs to be better but Alex came on up top and it opened up a lot and that's the thing: if he plays from the start, you might get that energy for 60 minutes.

"We know where his fitness levels are at but now he's really, really put himself there to say 'start me' because I thought he did very well when he came on.

"Let's just let the dust settle and have a look through the week, but he's done very well when he's come on."