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Walsall Winger’s A Done Deal

Gary Simpson will make Walsall Winger Jake Jones his first signing and make the lad a star.  Jake has not been given too much of an opportunity at the Saddlers this season with just 1 start and 7 sub appearances, racking up a mere 149 minutes of football. However Simmo has been a good influence on the lad and made a great impression. There was only one option for him when Walsall manager Dean Smith agreed to release him, although he will not officially join up with the Imps until July (players are contracted to June 30th).

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The Saddlers finished a secure 9th in League 1 after flirting with relegation during  the previous two seasons but Jake is surplus to requirements. But there is another bright red and white, this time striped, light at the end of the tunnel. Jake has been impressed by the vision shown by the manager and wants to put his long-term career development ahead of short-term financial gain. He has already made a massive down-payment, earning the penalty that saved our Lincolnshire bacon. Jake, now a free agent , frightened the lives out of the tiring Tamworth defenders, forcing Oji to bring him down in the 83rd minute. Simmo gave him the signal to save our Sincil Souls on 66 and he clicked. His introduction was a master-stroke by the manager, mindful that his pace and trickery would have a winning impact against tiring legs.

Jake can win a game on his own and will be supplying the bullets for the likes of Vadaine Oliver and his new partner in crime, who is also said to be close to completing a deal. Simmo’s mobile has been read hot over the last few days, with deals gathering pace as the Championship and play-off season comes to a close.

In the right side and,  with the right manager, Jake will go places. Sincil salivates……..

Lincoln City 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
18 Jake Jones 6 5 584 0 4 2 0 3 0

Walsall 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
16 Jake Jones 1 7 149 0 3 14 0 0 0
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Jake Ben Jones
DATE OF BIRTH 6 April 1993 (age 20)
PLACE OF BIRTH Solihull,
HEIGHT 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
WEIGHT 11st 6lb (74kg)
POSITION: MIDFIELD / WINGER
CURRENT CLUB Walsall
NUMBER W-16 / I-18
YOUTH CAREER
2009–2011 Walsall
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2011– Walsall 8 (0)
2011-12 Redditch (loan) 11 (2)
2013 Lincoln (loan) 11 (0)

Walsall Winger Jones Is Super Sub To Save Sincil Souls

Walsall winger Jake Jones came good to earn the penalty that saved our Sincil Skins. Jake, who is a free agent at the end of the season, frightened the lives out of the tiring Tamworth defenders, forcing Oji to bring him down in the 83rd minute. Simmo gave him the signal to save our Sincil Souls on 66 and he clicked. His introduction was a master-stroke by the manager, mindful that his pace and trickery would have a winning impact against tiring legs.

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Jake, like Carayol and N’Guessan before him, is a luxury the Imps would love to be able to afford. He can win games on his own on his day, but the needs of the team and a tight budget make his permanent signature unrealistic. He has however staked a late claim for at least a reconsideration by the Walsall management, if not the watching scouts in the Echo Stand yesterday. In the right side, this lad could go places. But then football has many variables where the right manager and the right team at the right time can make all the difference ( That comes through time and again when talking to characters in the game whilst penning the Richard Butcher book)

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But to Jake, a Sincil son who will perhaps always be remembered fondly in Imp folklore.  The impact Imp came on as sub for Walsall in both the FA Cup games against the Imps. Holdsworth saw enough and, in January, agreed an emergency youth loan until the end of the season, just in time for the trip to Forest Green. Jake came on in the 76th minute of the 2-1 away defeat.  This was followed by an introduction on the hour at home to Dartford where his runs troubled the opposition sufficiently for Larkin to score  an 89th minute penalty.

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Being part of a struggling side on a poor run is difficult for a winger, in so many ways a luxury player when your side does not have the ball.  But Jake has tried to put a foot in as his three yellow cards attest.  His speed and wingmanship have been as aesthetically pleasing on the eye as they have been a respite for weary legs, needing an avenue to take the pressure off.

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Simmo has been mindful of the need for leaders during a basement battle and, has therefore used Jake as an impact player.  Vadaine’s suspension robbed him of a target man, to allow him an end product, but he has roasted people for fun in games, stretching teams and leaving gaps for others to plunder. Safe to say Jake has been used as a substitute player in every game, except Kidderminster and Luton, with the gaffer knowing his time would come. That certainly happened against Tamworth as Oji conceded that penalty to save our Sincil Skins. Good luck Jake, let us hope there are other sides out there prepared to give you a second chance you will doubtless grab with both hands and boots.

Lincoln City 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
18 Jake Jones 6 5 584 0 4 2 0 3 0

Walsall 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
16 Jake Jones 1 7 149 0 3 14 0 0 0
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Jake Ben Jones
DATE OF BIRTH 6 April 1993 (age 20)
PLACE OF BIRTH Solihull,
HEIGHT 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
WEIGHT 11st 6lb (74kg)
POSITION: Midfield / Winger
CURRENT CLUB Walsall
NUMBER W-16 / I-18
YOUTH CAREER
2009–2011 Walsall
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2011– Walsall 8 (0)
2011-12 Redditch (loan) 11 (2)
2013 Lincoln (loan) 11 (0)