It’s nine summer signings for Bolton Wanderers now, today’s being the acquisition of Australian-Welsh right back Gethin Jones.
Jones signs an initial one-year deal after leaving Carlisle United.
Jones told the club website: “Bolton is a massive a club and is a club that shouldn’t been in the division it is now. With it being so close to home and the size of the club, I thought it would be a perfect move for me. Hearing everything from the club, about where they want to go and how they want to play this season, I just felt like it was a perfect fit for me.”
“Gethin had a fantastic education where he came through Everton’s Academy and has all the attributes to play as an attacking wing back: pace, stamina, good movement and quality with the ball. He is another excellent acquisition for Bolton Wanderers and we are delighted to welcome him to the club,” said Ian Evatt.
Jones looks like a player whose attacking qualities may be what has brought him to the club as opposed to what he’ll do defensively, but in his one season in a struggling side at Brunton Park, he won praise for his attitude, consistency, and versatility. Although he played on both sides of defence there, you’d expect he’ll strictly be a right wing-back under Evatt. His last manager, Chris Beech, said he can make “mistakes”, but if he was perfect then he wouldn’t be playing in League Two I suppose.
All-in-all, not a bad signing. Also, we finally have got that position covered – Evatt’s preferred formation would mean Harry Brockbank would be much more suited to being the right-sided centre-back, but Jones fills the wing-back role. Dennis Politic played there at the weekend, but he would be wasted there and hopefully he can be find a role as a more central attacker, in the absence of a out-and-out winger in the system.