By Scott Taylor
Lloyd Jones has signed for League Two side Accrington Stanley. The Liverpool defender, 20, has been a captain for the Reds’ Under-21s side. Jones moves to John Coleman’s side on a 28-day youth loan.
The England Under-20 international has already had a loan spell in League Two this season, having made six appearances for Cheltenham Town.
Upon signing for Accrington, who are 15th in League Two, Jones expressed how he wanted to learn from fellow professionals in League Two, but also use his experience gained at Cheltenham to help him in this loan spell. He also stressed the importance of getting out of Under-21s football and wants the loan spell to be a success.
He said: “I’m hoping I can start with three points on Saturday. I came here to play first-team football on a Saturday and I’m really looking forward to the challenge. I’ve come here to learn so the experience of people like Rob Atkinson and Dean Winnard will help me in training and in games. Hopefully that can only help me further my career. I’ve already been at Cheltenham this season so I’m not completely new to the league and I think that will help. Under 21s football is great for development but this is the real world and this is real football and you have to be playing.”
Accrington Stanley manager Coleman assured fans that he needed Jones in order to strengthen his squad and he sees no problem in him adjusting to life in League Two again.
He said: “Defence is probably the one area that we’re a bit short in and Lloyd will be a great addition to our squad. His experience at this level with Cheltenham will help him. We’ve got a good set of lads here and he’ll fit in well.”
Jones signed for Liverpool four years ago from Plymouth Argyle, and made the first-team squad for the Reds trip to Fulham in May 2013. He will be in Coleman’s squad on Saturday when they visit high-flyers Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.