One particular former Premier League star is said to be keen on joining Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s Wrexham, according to reports.
David Jones, who is currently aged 36, would love to be part of the Welsh outfit’s new exciting era, which in time could see them back in the EFL since being relegated from it in the 2007/08 season.
With the much-publicised takeover of the club by the Hollywood film duo expected to be completed, Jones, who has played for the likes of Wolves, Derby and Burnley in the top flight, said he’s be interested in playing for the club he watched as a boy.
1st December 2004, David Jones made his Utd debut in the 1-0 league cup win over Arsenal at Old Trafford. I watched him a lot in the reserves and often saw him run games from Midfield. Never translated that ability into the higher echelons of the game. Just 4 games in total #MUFC pic.twitter.com/x4AamkMUqj
— Paul English (@paulenglish1961) December 1, 2020
The ‘cultured midfielder’ kicked off his early footballing days in the Wrexham and District Youth League with Marford and Gresford before getting signed by giants Manchester United.
“It’s an amazing story with Wrexham and what the new takeover would mean to the club and the town,” said Jones, who has been training with Football League new boys Barrow.
“David Dunn, who I used to play with at Blackburn, asked me to train with them. He’s gone now but I know the new manager, who has taken over, Michael Jolley.
“But Wrexham is certainly something that would interest me. I used to live there and used to watch them.
“I’m fit and feeling good at the moment. And I’ve still go the hunger to play.”
He’s trained alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Wayne Rooney between the ages of 18 and 21 so he’s bound to have learned some things along the way.
‘It was a great place to start my career. I got a fantastic insight into what makes a top player,’ he told Sportsmail.
‘At the time, Manchester United were without doubt the biggest club in the world and every player wanted to play for them and for Sir Alex Ferguson. I was 19 and had been training with the first team for about six months when the club offered me a new contract.
‘I didn’t have an agent back then and this is when Roy Keane and Gary Neville pulled me aside after training one day and offered to help with the contract. They were both fantastic. We sat down in the players’ lounge and they went through everything with me. Even that was an experience to learn from!
‘They wanted to make sure I was getting a fair deal for where I was at in my career and it was actually Roy and Gary who negotiated the contract with the manager on my behalf.’
Jones was offered an improved deal and signed a few days later. ‘After I’d signed I bought them both a bottle of wine as a thank you… the cheapest commission I’ve ever had to pay in my whole career!’
‘You had Rio Ferdinand, Nicky Butt, Quinton Fortune and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who were all top class international players, but they still had a lot of time for the youngsters coming through.
‘One of the reasons the club was so successful at the time was because of the culture that was created by the senior players and manager. There were so many big characters and personalities in the squad whose standards were so high on and off the pitch.’
‘It was about delivering consistently high performances in every training session. You had to be on top of your game each day and as a young player if you were seen to dilute the level of training in any way, then the next day you would be back with the reserves.’
Jones made a handful of first team appearances at United under Ferguson but came to the decision at the age of 21 he needed to move to achieve his ambition of playing regularly in the Premier League.
‘It was a difficult decision, there was Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher in the squad at the time and also Kleberson who was a World Cup winner.
‘I’d played some games for the first team in the cup competitions and had been on the bench a few times in the Premier League and Champions League but I realised if I wanted to play week in week out I needed to move on.’
He’s also made appearances for Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday, but even at the age of 36, he still has ties with United having worked at times with their media department recently and believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will bring success back to Old Trafford with the club sitting 2nd in the Premier League table and could go top should they draw or win their game in hand.
‘While I’ve been looking for a new club I’ve been back at United doing some media work and it’s clear that Ole is building a similar foundation to Sir Alex,’ he added.
‘The discipline, dedication and attention to detail that Ole had as a player appears to be evident at the club now. He is also bringing in world class signings and developing young players from the academy and the feel good factor seems to be back at United.’
DAVID JONES CAREER:
1995–2003 – Manchester United
2003–2007 – Manchester United
2005–2006 → Preston North End (loan) – 24 games (3 goals)
2006 → NEC (loan) – 17 games (6 goals)
2006–2007 → Derby County (loan) – 10 games (1 goal)
2007–2008 – Derby County – 32 games (6 goals)
2008–2011 – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 66 games (6 goals)
2011–2013 – Wigan Athletic – 29 games (0 goals)
2013 → Blackburn Rovers (loan) – 12 games (2 goals)
2013–2016 – Burnley – 124 games (2 goals)
2016–2019 – Sheffield Wednesday – 57 games (1 goal)
2019–2020 – Oldham Athletic – 6 games (0 goals)
2004 – England U21 – 1 game (0 goals)
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