Former Norwich City, Portsmouth and Peterborough United goalkeeper draws high praise from King's Lynn assistant boss
Record-breaking goalkeeper Paul Bastock has been there, done that, and got the T-shirt when it comes to everything between the posts.
So for the Linnets’ assistant manager to offer praise for the club’s current custodian speaks volumes about the player Lynn brought to The Walks in the summer.
Jones, 34, has brought experience to a young Linnets’ side and Bastock spoke positively about his contribution so far after Lynn’s defeat against Chesterfield.
“He’s a joy to work with, he is outstanding,” Bastock admitted.
“His attitude since coming in on day one of pre-season, he has just worked his nut off. He never questions anything.
“I work him hard and he thrives off it, he’s an old school goalkeeper who loves the graft. We have really good sessions and he comes away with a smile on his face.”
Despite not being able to keep a clean sheet in his first three games for the Linnets, the former Exeter City, Norwich City and Peterborough United shotstopper has been one of the standout players for Ian Culverhouse’s side.
“It’s nice to get relationships with players,” Bastock added.
“Straight away we had a connection, sometimes when a keeper comes in, you have to work on it but it was just an instinct.
“He is a quality acquisition to this football club.”
During the home defeat by Chesterfield, Jones was called upon to make an outstanding point-blank save to deny George Carline from making it 3-0 to the Spireites.
“He is full of experience, he has played at this level and has played a lot higher,” added Bastock.
“He is quiet off the pitch, but he’s a leader on the pitch, When he comes for stuff, nine times out of ten he gets it and that gives the rest of the team belief that your keeper is coming and claiming stuff.
“He’s got safe hands and brings reassurance, so happy days. It’s nice when you see a keeper of his experience coming in, and the way he moves, it gives you a little buzz.
“Last year when we saw balls going into our box we were like, oh god here we go and now it’s like come and take it big fella.
“It’s just that reassuring presence he has on the backline.
“Last year, when me and the gaffer looked at the stats, 85 per cent of goals conceded came in the six yard box, which is high, so hopefully this year, that can stop.”