Jones heading for Rodney Parade exit door

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NEWPORT County have decided to part company with defender Billy Jones, writes Michael Pearlman.

The Argus can reveal that the former Cheltenham man will become a free agent from next week when his short term contract expires.

Jones, 26, joined the Exiles in September after it was discovered that left back Andy Sandell required surgery.

Versatile and seemingly equally adept at left back, wing back or as a central defender, Jones has played eight times for boss Justin Edinburgh, impressing and even managing a goal on his debut against Morecambe.

However, since Sandell has returned to form and Robbie Willmott has come to prominence on the left flank, Jones has found himself marginalised.

He hasn’t featured for Newport since their 2-0 home win over Hartlepool in the middle of November and will now have the majority of January to find himself a permanent deal elsewhere.

“We are going to let Billy leave when his contract is up, which I believe is next week or even this weekend,” Edinburgh explained.

“We wish him well, but he’s not had the chances he’d have liked.

“We also let George Barker and Deji Oshilaja go back to their parent clubs after their loan spells, Cardiff with a new manager want to take a proper look at Deji and it’s understandable.”

Edinburgh admits it was a better scenario for him when Malky Mackay was Cardiff boss, since replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“Deji served us fantastically and has a bright future, if the managerial situation hadn’t changed we would’ve been able to keep him here,” he said. “We would certainly have liked that.

“I had a fantastic relationship with Malky and David Kerslake (Mackay’s assistant and the best man at Edinburgh’s wedding) and I hope that we can establish new links with Cardiff.

“I will speak to Ole when his feet are under the table and explain the relationship we were building up with Cardiff, hopefully he’ll see that it can work very well for both football clubs.

“I don’t know Ole, only as a player, but I feel it’s a key partnership and hopefully he will see it that way as well.”

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6:36pm Thu 9 Jan 14

larneman says...

All the best Billy wherever you go, and thanks for all you did for County.
All the best Billy wherever you go, and thanks for all you did for County. larneman
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8:00pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Harps62 says...

Scored a cracking goal on his debut within a few minutes against Morecambe.
Didn't put a foot wrong in the games I saw him play.
Think he has had bit of rough ride not getting a look in even when the boys have been playing below par.
Hope you get in with a good club soon Billy as you did us proud when you got the chance.
Scored a cracking goal on his debut within a few minutes against Morecambe. Didn't put a foot wrong in the games I saw him play. Think he has had bit of rough ride not getting a look in even when the boys have been playing below par. Hope you get in with a good club soon Billy as you did us proud when you got the chance. Harps62
  • Score: 7

10:25pm Thu 9 Jan 14

sooty001 says...

Thank you Billy I will not forget that GOAL
Thank you Billy I will not forget that GOAL sooty001
  • Score: 4

12:59am Fri 10 Jan 14

Clever Trevor says...

Let's hope the new Cardiff boss and his players don't read the NCFC Fans Forum,it''s so full of vile anti Cardiff stuff that i'd be suprised if anyone came across on loan.
About time Swansea weighed in with some players.
Let's hope the new Cardiff boss and his players don't read the NCFC Fans Forum,it''s so full of vile anti Cardiff stuff that i'd be suprised if anyone came across on loan. About time Swansea weighed in with some players. Clever Trevor
  • Score: -2

9:28am Fri 10 Jan 14

NakedDancer says...

Clever Trevor wrote:
Let's hope the new Cardiff boss and his players don't read the NCFC Fans Forum,it''s so full of vile anti Cardiff stuff that i'd be suprised if anyone came across on loan. About time Swansea weighed in with some players.
Professional administrators and players don't take any notice of silly comments on noticeboards. Cardiff and Swansea are quite literally in another footballing world to County. There is no rivalry these days other than in the small minds of a few throw-backs and every club has them.
[quote][p][bold]Clever Trevor[/bold] wrote: Let's hope the new Cardiff boss and his players don't read the NCFC Fans Forum,it''s so full of vile anti Cardiff stuff that i'd be suprised if anyone came across on loan. About time Swansea weighed in with some players.[/p][/quote]Professional administrators and players don't take any notice of silly comments on noticeboards. Cardiff and Swansea are quite literally in another footballing world to County. There is no rivalry these days other than in the small minds of a few throw-backs and every club has them. NakedDancer
  • Score: 2

10:15am Fri 10 Jan 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

What a fabulous debut goal that was. Billy did a good job for County with limited opportunities - seems like a good solid pro. Thank you Billy, hope you find a good club.
What a fabulous debut goal that was. Billy did a good job for County with limited opportunities - seems like a good solid pro. Thank you Billy, hope you find a good club. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 5

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