Cheltenham Town: Billy Jones joins Robins from Exeter City
BILLY Jones will join Cheltenham Town from Exeter City today.
The 29-year-old left-back becomes boss Mark Yates' second new signing of the summer, following attacking midfielder Sam Deering.
Jones will take over left-back duties from Luke Garbutt, who has returned to parent club Everton after a successful long-term loan spell last season.
Danny Andrew, the only other specialist left-back at the club, is on the transfer list.
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Jones started his career as a trainee at Leyton Orient, for whom he played against Cheltenham during the 2001/02 campaign.
The six-footer joined Kidderminster Harriers in January 2005 before switching to Exeter at the end of that campaign.
Kent-born Jones spent three seasons at Crewe Alexandra after a £65,000 move before returning to Exeter two years ago and he has made more than 300 career appearances.
The Robins report back for pre-season tomorrow, with Jones becoming the 16th contracted player.
A pair of young trialists are also expected to link up with the squad and Yates is targeting three or four more permanent additions along with two long-term loans, one of which is likely to be a goalkeeper to provide cover for number one Scott Brown.
Cheltenham have returned to training a week later than most other League clubs due to their involvement in last season's play-offs, with the final played on May 27.
Assistant manager Neil Howarth said: "We work backwards from the start of the season and it's suited us with us finishing late.
"It's vital the lads get a good rest, which they have had now.
"They have all started their own individual programmes and they all take pride in keeping fit anyway."