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Ciaren Jones enjoying the challenge at Norwich City

18 August 2018

Ciaren Jones is relishing the step up in quality as he acclimatises to life with Norwich City.

The Under-23s centre back made his competitive debut for the Canaries last Monday in their 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa in Premier League 2.

Jones, 18, joined City from Luton Town in the summer and believes he has what it takes to prove himself at this standard of football.

"I thought I did well for my first game at this level because last season I was playing Category Three [academy] football," said Jones.

"It was a challenging pre-season. The boys here - their feet are a lot quicker compared to what I was used to. 

"There's a massive difference in playing styles as well - at this level, it's a lot more about playing on the floor.

"I had a Spanish coach [at Luton Town] last year and he was great for how I want to play. 

"I love playing under pressure. Sometimes when I'm pressed, I like to pick out a pass in small spaces."

Jones played the full 90 minutes as the Development Squad's season started with a disappointing defeat in the west Midlands.

"In the first-half we did really well," he continued. "We kept the ball well but just couldn't find that end product. 

"They weren't challenging us much at all offensively and we were defending really well. They had a bit of luck on their side with the goal and that put a dampener on our mood.

"We were constantly trying to find that killer pass but we just couldn't in the end."

City's youngsters are back in action on Monday when they host Reading at Colney and Jones says they are looking for big improvements.

"The boys definitely want to score on Monday. Reading like to press a lot so we're going to try and play out of the press.

"Once we get out of that press, we need to try and take our chances at the other end."

This Monday's match takes place at the Colney Training Centre. Although fans are welcome to watch the matches at Colney, they are advised that due to the extensive building works on site there is very limited parking.

What parking there is available is strictly on a first-come, first served basis and therefore supporters are advised to share transport or seek alternative methods of getting to the training ground – a drop off area at the gates will be employed on the day of a game.

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