Cheltenham Town video: Billy Jones wants first promotion before turning 30
BILLY Jones is hoping to experience the first promotion of his career before he turns 30.
The Cheltenham Town left-back reaches the milestone in June, by which time the Robins will know in which division they will be competing next term.
They can take a significant step closer to a first automatic promotion in the Football League with a victory at fifth-placed Burton Albion tomorrow (3pm).
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The unflappable Jones has made more than 300 career appearances in spells with Leyton Orient, Kidderminster Harriers, Exeter City, Crewe Alexandra and Cheltenham, but he is yet to experience the high of helping a club step up a division.
The closest he came was when Exeter missed out on the League One play-offs in 2010/11 on the penultimate Saturday of the season.
"That was upsetting, but we'd been on a fantastic run and we needed a win and it wasn't to be," Jones said.
"I have not had many promotion pushes and this is what I was after having signed for Cheltenham.
"I have faced relegation, which isn't very nice and now I want to do the other part of it now, but I am not getting any younger. I am trying to do all I can to help the team and all the other boys are trying to help me get one, which is nice.
"The lads here who haven't had a promotion want one and those who have want another one."
Jones was ever present this season until an injury kept him out of the home match against Torquay United on February 2.
He returned for the defeat at Dagenham before being left out for the following three matches, with Sido Jombati playing at left-back.
Boss Mark Yates recalled him for the trip to Fleetwood Town and he has enjoyed some of his most attacking displays of the campaign, with Cheltenham's new formation giving him licence to charge down the wing and deliver crosses with his cultured left foot.
He set up Steve Elliott's opener against Wimbledon with a free-kick and followed up with the killer ball for Paul Benson's 91st minute winner against Chesterfield on Tuesday.
Jones has been Cheltenham's most creative player this term by a considerable distance, with 12 direct assists and many more goals stemming from his deliveries.
"At the start of the season I said I wanted assists to help the team as much as I could and so far it's been very good on my part," he said.
"I am glad people are getting on the end of things and I hope it can continue.
"The system we've used in the last three games suits me and I can get forward with Darren Carter and Russ Penn in front of me
"They are used to playing centre midfield so I can bomb on and get around the outside and if I can help with assists then great.
"I haven't managed a goal yet, but it's in there somewhere.
"If not I'll take a few more assists and promotion!"
Jones is a former team mate of Burton's 12-goal leading scorer Calvin Zola at Crewe.
"We know it's going to be a tough game, but we've lost one game in the last 12 and we have to make sure we keep that run going for the rest of the season," he said.