Jones In – Brooks Out

Notts County have announced the signing of attacker Jodi Jones from League One Oxford United on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Jones, who can operate as an attacking midfielder or a winger, arrives at Meadow Lane having made just eight appearances since joining Oxford in the summer.

The 25-year-old will be familiar to many Notts fans after he scored a hat-trick for Coventry City in a 3-0 opening day victory over The Magpies in the 2017-18 season.

Jones first came through the ranks at Dagenham and Redbridge and went on to make 40 appearances for The Daggers, scoring four goals.

Following a six-game emergency loan spell at Coventry City at the end of the 2015-16 season, The Sky Blues secured his services the following summer for an undisclosed fee. The then 18-year-old signed a four-year deal.

Jones’ spell at Coventry would ultimately last six years, as he made a total of 91 appearances for the West Midlands outfit and scored eight goals. He was part of Mark Robins’ squad which won the EFL Trophy in 2016-17, before securing promotion back to League One in the League Two Playoff Final the following year.

Injuries would hamper the last few years of his spell at the Ricoh Arena, with Jones making just 24 competitive appearances across four seasons between 2018-19 and 2021-22, nine of which came in the Championship last season.

Following his release by Coventry in the summer, Jones was picked up by Karl Robinson’s Oxford United on a one-year deal, with the option of a further year, but has been unable to get the minutes he would’ve liked so far.

The four-cap Maltese international is available to go straight into the squad for Saturday’s visit of FC Halifax Town and will wear the number 10 shirt.

Meanwhile Notts County goalkeeper Tiernan Brooks has joined Boston United of the National League North on a short-term loan deal initially lasting until 25th February.

The 20-year-old stopper joins The Pilgrims, who currently sit 19th in the National League North, after they had Ryan Whitley recalled by parent club York City earlier in the week.

The move comes as a significant step in Brooks’ journey, after a year and a half spent on loan in the Southern Premier League Division Central (the 7th tier) with Coalville Town and more recently, Hednesford Town.

The Sheffield native has earned a place at a prestigious England goalkeeping camp, hosted at St George’s Park, in each of the last two years and was even named as a standby selection for the England Under 19’s Euro 2022 campaign last summer.

With fellow goalkeeper Cameron Gregory suspended, Brooks could be in line to debut for the Lincolnshire outfit as early as Saturday, when they welcome high-flying Scarborough Athletic.

*Article provided by Evan Shaw (Notts County Correspondent).

*Main image @Official_NCFC Jodi Jones signs on loan from Oxford United.

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