SPIREITES: Ex-Sheffield Wednesday man jumps at chance to work under Cook at Chesterfield

Owls Stock Pics......Owls Daniel Jones
Owls Stock Pics......Owls Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones said the opportunity to work under Chesterfield manager Paul Cook played a big part in his decision to join the League Two champions.

Jones, 27, was a free agent after leaving Port Vale and became Spireites’ first summer signing when he penned a two-year deal at the Proact Stadium.

The former Sheffield Wednesday defender has been impressed by the brand of football Chesterfield have adopted in a season which has seen Cook’s side also reach a Wembley final.

And, having been brought through the ranks at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Jones remembers the Spireites boss gracing Molineux in his playing days.

“I remember watching him at Wolves and he was two or three passes ahead of the game in midfield,” he said. “He’s done wonders at Chesterfield.

“He has stamped his authority and put his influence on the team. He’s very determined and wants players to play with confidence and express themselves.

“I’m excited by what the future holds. I know some of the players and they’ve told me the style of football the manager and the staff want them to play, and it suits me.

“A Wembley final and to win the title is an amazing achievement. It’s inspiring. I still feel like I can learn from him. The club has high hopes and I want to be part of that.”

Jones has played the bulk of his career in the third tier of English football with Northampton Town, Oldham Athletic, Notts County, Bristol Rovers and Wednesday.

Jones, who was part of the same Vale side as Sam Morsy which won promotion to League One in 2012/13, added: “I’ve played in the Championship and it’s a very good level. I like the style and it appeals to me. Chesterfield’s a club which looks like it’s got everything going for it.”