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CANARIES SIGN GOALKEEPER PAUL JONES

4 August 2016

Experienced stopper joins City ranks

NORWICH City have completed the signing of former Portsmouth goalkeeper Paul Jones on a free transfer.

The 30-year-old stopper signs a two-year deal at Carrow Road, having spent the past two campaigns at Fratton Park.

Jones made 17 appearances last season as Portsmouth reached the Sky Bet League Two play-offs, while also taking in a loan spell at Crawley Town – who he represented 105 times between 2012 and 2014.

He began his career as a trainee at Leyton Orient but established himself with Exeter City, making over 200 appearances from 2004 to 2011 prior to an 18-month stint with Peterborough United.

While with the Grecians, he notably became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty at the new Wembley Stadium, recording the feat during the 2006-07 Conference Play-Off Final.

Although Exeter missed out on promotion that time around, Jones impressed in the Play-Off Final once more the following season, keeping a clean sheet to help take his side into the Football League.

Speaking to canaries.co.uk, he said: "It's one which has come a bit out of the blue but I'm really excited to get going now.

"I've met all the lads and it's nice to have things done. I'm looking forward to getting settled into the club now.

"I had a season in the Championship with Peterborough a few years ago, so it's not a league that's foreign to me. I'm hoping to add experience to the squad."

City boss Alex Neil added: "With Declan Rudd going out on loan to Charlton Athletic, it’s given us an opportunity to bring an experienced goalkeeper into our set-up.

"It was important we brought in someone with good pedigree in the Football League who could add to what we have. In Paul, we have a player who matches the qualities we are looking for well."



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