5 things you need to know about new Rotherham signing Billy Jones

Rotherham have made right-back Billy Jones their fourth signing of the summer after he arrived on a two-year deal.

The 31-year-old was a free agent following his release from Sunderland.


Here’s five things you might need to know about him.

Part of the famed Crewe academy

Jones was a graduate of the famous Crewe academy, which has developed many top players. He worked his way up the ranks at Gresty Road before making his senior debut aged 16 in 2003. Later in that season he played in a 0-0 draw with the Millers, whose team featured Paul Warne, Richie Barker and Mike Pollitt.

England youth international

The defender was recognised by England at youth level and he played for his country from the Under-16s through to the Under-20s. He was called up into the Under-21s squad but did not play.

Premier League centurion

After spending four years at Preston, Jones earned a move to West Brom in 2011 and lived his Premier League dream. He impressed at the Hawthorns, and was touted for an England call-up, before joining Sunderland in 2014. He has made well over 100 Premier League appearances.


Canine nickname

It’s not unusual for footballers to have nicknames and Jones is no different. At Crewe the defender was called ‘Dog’, because he says “people thought I looked like a dog”. At Preston he was also called ‘Woody’ as his team-mates thought he resembled actor Woody Harrelson. At the Millers, he might have to be called Dog.

Indie rocker

If Jones ever gets to control the dressing room charts then his team-mates might need to bring their air guitar. The 31-year-old lists the Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian among his favourite bands.






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