Date: Mon 17 Jun 2013

Steelmen sign experienced defender Jones

Gethin Jones in his Bath City days

Gethin Jones in his Bath City days

Port Talbot Town are pleased to announce the signing of former Cardiff City defender Gethin Jones.

The 31-year-old becomes the club’s first new signing ahead of the new season and returns to Welsh football following an eight-year spell with Bath City.

“I sat down and had a chat with Scott [Young] and listened to what he wants to achieve at the club. I’ve been involved in teams before which are just happy to get by in the league and not looking at doing anything, but when I spoke Youngy, his enthusiasm about what he wants to do here really attracted me to Port Talbot,” he explained when asked about what made him opt to join the Steelmen.

Having spent much of his career playing in England, Jones arrives at the GenQuip stadium with unfinished business in Welsh football.

“I’ve still got ambitions about doing stuff in football. I know I’m not going back full-time but I still have ambitions of achieving things and if I can help Port Talbot get back into Europe then that would be great.”
Jones joins Port Talbot Town having made 342 appearances for Bath City and featured regularly last term, making 39 appearances.

The Llanbyther-born defender is no stranger to the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League having began his career at Carmarthen Town, before being snapped up Cardiff City in 2001 for £50,000. His time with the Bluebirds was cut short after he broke his leg after making just three appearances for the club, and a move to Merthyr Tydfil followed in 2003, where he spent three seasons before joining Bath City.

In further good news for the club, striker Martin Rose has extended his stay at the GenQuip Stadium.