SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls salute to Rob Jones

New colours: Defender Rob Jones
New colours: Defender Rob Jones

OWLS top scorer Gary Madine is eyeing a double promotion feat for departed captain Rob Jones.

With a move to Doncaster Rovers confirmed for Jones, Wednesday players and management have a said a fond farewell to the popular skipper who helped to take the club into the Championship.

Madine posted on Twitter: “All the best 2 my good friend and a great captain. Hopefully he can get back- to-back promotions.”

Another teammate, Liam Palmer, had said on the social media site after Jones’ exit was announced: “Wishing Rob Jones all the best wherever he ends up. Top guy.”

Manager Dave Jones has told The Star: “It’s a good opportunity for Rob. He did his job here and played a part in taking us up. But sometimes you have to move on. We wish him all the best.”

Jones has signed a two-year contract with Rovers.

Owls boss Jones warned early in the summer that inevitably there would be departures from the squad that won promotion as he brought in new players for a Championship campaign. The centre-half looked back on the Owls’ “fantastic” season but echoed his ex-manager’s view that sometimes you have to move on.

He also said: “You can take a lot of experience from the success I had last year in getting the club back into the Championship, not just as a player but in captaining the side as well.” Jones scored an own goal on a winning Rovers debut against Hull last night.