Golden oldie Gary Jones hopes his time's not up at Bantams

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Gary Jones says he has no intention of hanging up his boots and, on this season’s form, he could play on into his roaring forties Gary Jones says he has no intention of hanging up his boots and, on this season’s form, he could play on into his roaring forties

Evergreen Gary Jones intends to keep playing next season – and he hopes it will still be with City.

The veteran skipper does not expect to start any discussions on his future until the club’s own position is rubber-stamped.

The Bantams go into tonight’s home clash with Walsall seven points above the drop zone with nine games left.

Jones is eager to see the job through before he turns 37 in June. But then he will present his case for extending a career that is currently only 19 short of 700 appearances.

He said: “We haven’t really spoken about it yet. We should knuckle down and finish the season as best we can and then try and sort something out.

“There are a lot of players out of contract at the club in the summer – something like 13 or 14. It’s going to be a revolving door.

“But I’d like to carry on playing. Before the other week, I’d played every minute of every game.

“You never know what’s round the corner in football but barring the illness, I’ve felt fine.”

The virus which forced him to miss City’s trip to Colchester a fortnight ago ended a run of 34 straight league starts this season.

When Jones signed a new one-year deal last summer, Phil Parkinson had suggested he would not be playing as much.

Jones added: “That’s what he told me when we spoke before the start!

“I never thought I’d be playing week in, week out but I don’t suppose you ever do when you’re 36 years old.

“But what’s done is done and I’ve really enjoyed it so far. What can you not like about playing for this football club?

“You want to turn out and show everybody what it means to wear a Bradford City shirt. It’s the be all and end all for me – every time I play, I want to do my best.”

Jones is likely to make his first start tonight since being laid low.

He has come off the bench in the last two games, replacing Nathan Doyle before half-time at Shrewsbury on Saturday.

Doyle overstretched his groin and is struggling to recover in time so Jones is expected to pair up with Matty Dolan against the Saddlers.

City have been monitoring the captain’s recovery carefully and Jones admitted it has been a tough couple of weeks.

He said: “I was off the week leading up to Brentford away with sickness and diarrhoea. I had no energy whatsoever.

“In hindsight I shouldn’t have played that day but being a footballer you want to play every game.

“But that knocked me for six and after that I couldn’t get out of bed. I was really struggling.

“It was strange not being there at the Colchester game. I was sat with the missus watching Coronation Street and twiddling my thumbs but luckily the lads got a great result that night.

“It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks. But I went for blood tests and they all came back clear, so touch wood now I can focus on my football again.”

Jones’ own form has kicked on since the turn of the year and he almost single-handedly dragged City back from defeat in games against Sheffield United and Crewe.

He said: “We were having that bad run and confidence was low.

“It’s amazing what one good result or one good performance can do.

“You look at Manchester United the other night against Olympiakos and the pressure they were under. But they still pulled it out of the bag to go through in the Champions’ League.

“One performance like that can change a season and you get that confidence back.

“We need to finish the season as strong as we did last year. Do that and it will have been a very good season consolidating in a new division.”

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7:32am Tue 25 Mar 14

realcitygent says...

would like to see city give him another year contract ,but to use him more in a coaching roll for fingers crossed younger players coming into club still have him on bench for when we need him ,dont think anybody can knock his commitment ,but time catches up with us all,the lad has been a great signing for us ,deff one of parkys better ones ,3 points tonight i think will make us safe ,cant afford to slip up again ,
would like to see city give him another year contract ,but to use him more in a coaching roll for fingers crossed younger players coming into club still have him on bench for when we need him ,dont think anybody can knock his commitment ,but time catches up with us all,the lad has been a great signing for us ,deff one of parkys better ones ,3 points tonight i think will make us safe ,cant afford to slip up again , realcitygent
  • Score: 10

8:33am Tue 25 Mar 14

whisky1 says...

realcitygent wrote:
would like to see city give him another year contract ,but to use him more in a coaching roll for fingers crossed younger players coming into club still have him on bench for when we need him ,dont think anybody can knock his commitment ,but time catches up with us all,the lad has been a great signing for us ,deff one of parkys better ones ,3 points tonight i think will make us safe ,cant afford to slip up again ,
its a no brainer..as Parker says he has dragged us through certain games on his tod. In the modern game with so much money and lack of loyalty this guy stands out. Great player top man
[quote][p][bold]realcitygent[/bold] wrote: would like to see city give him another year contract ,but to use him more in a coaching roll for fingers crossed younger players coming into club still have him on bench for when we need him ,dont think anybody can knock his commitment ,but time catches up with us all,the lad has been a great signing for us ,deff one of parkys better ones ,3 points tonight i think will make us safe ,cant afford to slip up again ,[/p][/quote]its a no brainer..as Parker says he has dragged us through certain games on his tod. In the modern game with so much money and lack of loyalty this guy stands out. Great player top man whisky1
  • Score: 17

8:48am Tue 25 Mar 14

shoesmaker26 says...

as above but on the game tonight we must start to win games again or we will be in a dog fight very soon , come on city lets get them shooting boots back on and get back on track come on city
as above but on the game tonight we must start to win games again or we will be in a dog fight very soon , come on city lets get them shooting boots back on and get back on track come on city shoesmaker26
  • Score: 5

8:55am Tue 25 Mar 14

TBS says...

If only we had signed him earlier on in his career. Top bloke and a true pro!
If only we had signed him earlier on in his career. Top bloke and a true pro! TBS
  • Score: 14

10:06am Tue 25 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

Think Gary should get another year, we need to finish this season safely then I'm pretty sure he will be offered a new 12 month deal. Gary would really cement his legendary status if next season ended with BCFC in a top six finish then another Wembley playoff winning performance. He's magic you know!!!!!!!!!

2-1 BCFC win McArdle and Reach..........12,65
1
Think Gary should get another year, we need to finish this season safely then I'm pretty sure he will be offered a new 12 month deal. Gary would really cement his legendary status if next season ended with BCFC in a top six finish then another Wembley playoff winning performance. He's magic you know!!!!!!!!! 2-1 BCFC win McArdle and Reach..........12,65 1 bcfc1903
  • Score: 6

10:08am Tue 25 Mar 14

minkiebantam says...

Great Player, Great Captain Marvel and Great believer of the club and what we, The Fans expect of our players.
On another note, I hope Hanson is fit for tonight. I think we will need hime against Wallsall. I went to the away game and he was outstanding!
COME ON CITY! 3 Points pls!
CTID!!
Great Player, Great Captain Marvel and Great believer of the club and what we, The Fans expect of our players. On another note, I hope Hanson is fit for tonight. I think we will need hime against Wallsall. I went to the away game and he was outstanding! COME ON CITY! 3 Points pls! CTID!! minkiebantam
  • Score: 6

10:11am Tue 25 Mar 14

Peter300 says...

realcitygent wrote:
would like to see city give him another year contract ,but to use him more in a coaching roll for fingers crossed younger players coming into club still have him on bench for when we need him ,dont think anybody can knock his commitment ,but time catches up with us all,the lad has been a great signing for us ,deff one of parkys better ones ,3 points tonight i think will make us safe ,cant afford to slip up again ,
Who's coaching role would you replace? Another wage?
[quote][p][bold]realcitygent[/bold] wrote: would like to see city give him another year contract ,but to use him more in a coaching roll for fingers crossed younger players coming into club still have him on bench for when we need him ,dont think anybody can knock his commitment ,but time catches up with us all,the lad has been a great signing for us ,deff one of parkys better ones ,3 points tonight i think will make us safe ,cant afford to slip up again ,[/p][/quote]Who's coaching role would you replace? Another wage? Peter300
  • Score: -6

10:11am Tue 25 Mar 14

Peter300 says...

realcitygent wrote:
would like to see city give him another year contract ,but to use him more in a coaching roll for fingers crossed younger players coming into club still have him on bench for when we need him ,dont think anybody can knock his commitment ,but time catches up with us all,the lad has been a great signing for us ,deff one of parkys better ones ,3 points tonight i think will make us safe ,cant afford to slip up again ,
Who's coaching role would you replace? Another wage?
[quote][p][bold]realcitygent[/bold] wrote: would like to see city give him another year contract ,but to use him more in a coaching roll for fingers crossed younger players coming into club still have him on bench for when we need him ,dont think anybody can knock his commitment ,but time catches up with us all,the lad has been a great signing for us ,deff one of parkys better ones ,3 points tonight i think will make us safe ,cant afford to slip up again ,[/p][/quote]Who's coaching role would you replace? Another wage? Peter300
  • Score: -3

4:30pm Tue 25 Mar 14

audal says...

FOUR HOME GAMES LEFT !!!! Thank god only one team below (Oldham) us. So "we will survive" .thanks Gloria. 7-0 to City(darby 3 & 4 og's)
FOUR HOME GAMES LEFT !!!! Thank god only one team below (Oldham) us. So "we will survive" .thanks Gloria. 7-0 to City(darby 3 & 4 og's) audal
  • Score: 0

4:48pm Tue 25 Mar 14

lawsonio123 says...

Oh Gary Jones I hope you get another year but even if you do not many clubs in Division 2 will be fighting for your services Good Luck where ever you are
Oh Gary Jones I hope you get another year but even if you do not many clubs in Division 2 will be fighting for your services Good Luck where ever you are lawsonio123
  • Score: 1

5:29pm Tue 25 Mar 14

jamiejoe says...

whisky1 wrote:
realcitygent wrote: would like to see city give him another year contract ,but to use him more in a coaching roll for fingers crossed younger players coming into club still have him on bench for when we need him ,dont think anybody can knock his commitment ,but time catches up with us all,the lad has been a great signing for us ,deff one of parkys better ones ,3 points tonight i think will make us safe ,cant afford to slip up again ,
its a no brainer..as Parker says he has dragged us through certain games on his tod. In the modern game with so much money and lack of loyalty this guy stands out. Great player top man
Parky knows best!
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]realcitygent[/bold] wrote: would like to see city give him another year contract ,but to use him more in a coaching roll for fingers crossed younger players coming into club still have him on bench for when we need him ,dont think anybody can knock his commitment ,but time catches up with us all,the lad has been a great signing for us ,deff one of parkys better ones ,3 points tonight i think will make us safe ,cant afford to slip up again ,[/p][/quote]its a no brainer..as Parker says he has dragged us through certain games on his tod. In the modern game with so much money and lack of loyalty this guy stands out. Great player top man[/p][/quote]Parky knows best! jamiejoe
  • Score: 0

6:32pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Victor Clayton says...

I think he is ok for another season, but not every game. Would be nice to see Dolan and Atkinson pair up before the end of this season. Maybe when we are safe.
I think he is ok for another season, but not every game. Would be nice to see Dolan and Atkinson pair up before the end of this season. Maybe when we are safe. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 0

10:38pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Victor Clayton says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
I think he is ok for another season, but not every game. Would be nice to see Dolan and Atkinson pair up before the end of this season. Maybe when we are safe.
I was wrong.he is past it.
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: I think he is ok for another season, but not every game. Would be nice to see Dolan and Atkinson pair up before the end of this season. Maybe when we are safe.[/p][/quote]I was wrong.he is past it. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 0

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