I’d jump at the chance to stay, says Bradford City skipper Jones (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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I’d jump at the chance to stay, says Bradford City skipper Gary Jones
Gary Jones wants to pledge his future to City whatever happens with the rest of the season.
The 35-year-old skipper has been the driving force behind Phil Parkinson’s team since he was finally prised away from Rochdale last summer.
He is on the Football League’s three-man short-list to be named League Two player of the year.
Midfielder Jones, who made a club record 533 appearances with Dale, has played 44 games this season and shows no sign of running out of steam.
Having signed on a one-year deal, he is among ten members of the first-team squad who will be out of contract in June. But City will not need to do much persuading to keep him board.
Jones said: “If the chance comes to stay for another year, I’ll bite their hands off.
“I’m enjoying my football more than I have for a while. Coming here was a massive opportunity and I’ve loved every minute of it.
"Maybe I’ve not enjoyed losing a few games but all in all I love playing for this club. The fans have been great with me.”
A late surge into the play-offs may look unlikely but Jones will not write it off. Should City fall short, he would relish a crack at settling “unfinished business” next term.
“Getting Bradford City up would be an unbelievable achievement,” he added.
“A lot of managers and players have tried it over the last few years. It would be amazing if we did go up.
“But the season is not over yet. We’re talking like it’s done and dusted but we’ve got this run of home games at the moment.
“We’ve beaten Wycombe and we’ll try to get some momentum over the next few weeks.
“It’s very important that we don’t let the season peter out into nothingness.
“We have got great memories of Wembley and it’s vital we do finish on good run.
“We started the season with a bang so why not finish like that and see where it takes us.”