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Paul Hurst on Sam Jones

31 January 2018

Gaffer reflects on the deadline day signing of Sam Jones from Grimsby Town

Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst was delighted to pull off one final deadline day signing by bringing in Sam Jones from Grimsby Town.

The 26-year-old attacking midfielder has signed a two-and-a-half year deal after joining for an undisclosed fee.

Jones joined Grimsby after Paul Hurst had moved to Shrewsbury, but the Town boss has been keeping a close eye on his progress and he is excited by what he can offer.

“It was a bit of a rush, but we’ve got it over the line and he’s another good addition to the squad”, Paul said.

“He brings an attacking threat. I think he’s capable of playing in a couple of positions in that attacking area and from midfield, so I’m pleased that we’ve got more options going forward and that’s really what today’s been all about for us.

“I think defensively we’ve been very strong and I was just trying to add some quality and something a bit different to us and Sam’s one of those that can do that.”

Sam only came back into the game in the last few years and Paul believes he is hungry to prove himself at League One level.

“He’s come from my old club, but he’s not one of the players that I signed”, Hurst said.

“He went there and did very well initially. This season I think he was okay to begin with and then it’s not gone quite as well as he would have liked but I think if you look at his progress he’s working his way up the ladder and I’m sure he would love to be playing in the league above.

“I think we’ve got someone that’s hungry and ambitious. He’s at decent age, probably a little bit of a later starter, so I think there’s still improvement there and his goal return has been pretty healthy, so he’s a good addition that we are looking forward to working with.”

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