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PROFILE: PAUL JONES

4 August 2016

Goalkeeper joins Canaries on two-year deal

Full name: Paul Jones

Date of birth
: June 28, 1986    

Nationality
: English

Goalkeeper Paul Jones earlier joined Norwich City on a free transfer, signing a two-year deal after leaving Portsmouth.

The Maidstone-born stopper began his career as a trainee at Leyton Orient, and spent time on loan at Exeter City during the 2004-05 season.

After leaving Orient without making a senior appearance, Jones was signed for Exeter City on a permanent deal in the summer of 2005 by Alex Inglethorpe, who had formerly coached him at youth level.

Despite facing competition for the number one jersey, he kept goal during the 2006-07 Conference play-off final, notably becoming the first goalkeeper to save a penalty at the new Wembley Stadium.

  

Although the Grecians missed out on promotion that time around, Jones starred in the play-off final once again the following season, keeping a clean sheet to help guide City into the Football League.

He went on to feature in all 46 of Exeter's Sky Bet League Two matches during the 2008-09 campaign, earning the club's Player of the Season award in the process.

Jones moved on loan to Peterborough United in January 2011, making one league appearance before signing for Posh on a permanent deal that summer.


In his one season at London Road he made 37 appearances in all competitions, ahead of embarking on a two-year spell with Crawley Town from May 2012.

The goalkeeper switched to Portsmouth in June 2014, and leaves Fratton Park having made 64 appearances for Pompey - 20 of those coming last season.


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