Rob Jones had a clear message for his doubters after penning a new contract: ‘I’ve still got plenty to offer Doncaster Rovers.’
Rovers’ club captain was written off by some after two injury-plagued campaigns but returned to the first team at the end of last season with a point to prove.
The 35-year-old signed a new one-year deal yesterday that will see him continue to combine playing with managing the club’s under-21s team.
Jones told The Star: “Obviously when I played in the last five games of last season I wanted to show people I can still play at this level.
“I was kicking my heels from January, playing development team games but it was important for me to get back into the first team and prove to people I can still play.
“I felt strong and I felt good. If I couldn’t play, I would say, but I still feel as if I’ve got lots to give.
“It’s great to get it done,” he added.
“I’ve never once wavered on wanting to stay here. I’ve had three good years here.
“I’ve had to watch players coming in and also leaving at the last minute for the last two years, so it’s good to get it done early.”
Rather than look back in anger, Jones instead is looking forward to the challenge ahead next season.
He said: “It was disappointing where we ended up but we were only eight points off the play-offs. If we can put a run together this year we’ll be there or thereabouts.
“We have to draw a line under last season now and embrace the challenge ahead.
“A lot of players have moved on, like Dean Furman and Kyle Bennett, and a lot of young kids have moved up.
“It’s not for me to say what needs doing but I know the manager’s working hard to get the right players in to try and take us to the next level.”