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PremierLeague-News.Com- Gethin Jones has spoken on the early impact Liverpool's Conor Bradley has made at loan club Wanderers
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Gethin Jones believes his time in Everton's youth teams have helped to equip him with the leadership skills is he is now displaying at Bolton Wanderers and feels Liverpool loanee Conor Bradley is settling in well at the club. Jones is Wanderers' vice-captain and has been at the club since the summer of 2020. Along with skipper Ricardo Santos, he is one of the longest serving players at the club under Ian Evatt. The defender came through the youth team ranks at Premier League side Everton, having joined the club at the age of 12. He played once for the Toffees' first team and came through the youth teams at Goodison Park. READ MORE: Bolton defender pinpoints summer improvement, competition with new signing & Wycombe expectation Jones believes his time at Everton are experiences he has taken with him throughout his career, as well as the experiences he has had at following clubs. He feels his leadership qualities are something he has displayed at Wanderers even before he was handed the vice-captaincy. He said: "When I was in the Under-18s and the reserves, I was captain for those sides. I have been captain when I was playing for the 17s, 19s, 21s and stuff. It is one that I have always taken pride in - I like to give advice on the pitch and help other players out, not just concentrate on myself. "I like to communicate on the pitch about how we can do better as a team. It is one thing I have taken with me through the years really. I have had some bad experiences at clubs, some good experiences at other clubs as well. I just take it all in on how I want to achieve more with this club really. "Even when I wasn’t vice-captain, I felt like I was still communicating quite a bit on the pitch. But when you get given that role, you have got to police the lads every day at training, in the changing rooms. "The gaffer likes us players to get onto each other and stuff at training, so it is one thing that you have to look after all the players as well. It is something that I am really enjoying and relishing at the moment. “The first time when I came here there was 20-odd new players playing together and it took us time to gel and we didn’t really kick on until February and we went on that mad run in the end. The first season in League One last year was an enjoyable one, one that we still do feel like we could have maybe pushed towards the play-offs, but obviously the circumstances of the squad and it wasn’t as strong as we feel it is now. There’s competition for places everywhere in the team and I feel like this season we can really go for it.” Jones tends to operate on the right hand side of a back three at Wanderers. He now has Liverpool loanee Bradley at wing-back beside him. Former Everton youngster Jones feels Bradley has a 'very bright future' ahead of him and is aiming to pass on his experience to the teenager. He is enjoying playing in the back three and passing on his experience to younger members of the Bolton squad. He said: "Conor’s got a very bright future up ahead of him and I’ve only tried to help from my experience. I’ve played in that position before and now playing right centre-back so I just want to give him as much experience on how to play the best way we want to play.
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. They play four at the back there so I just try and pass my experience on to him and he’s settled in really well. "We haven’t seen much of Eoin (Toal) yet because he is settling in and stuff. When he gets on the pitch, I will tell him how we like to play and try to give my experience over to them. "Conor has been really good. He has settled in really well and taken all the advice from all of us, the gaffer. We are really looking forward to seeing how he will do this season. "The way we play, I get to bomb forward as much as I want to as well because when I played full-back or wing-back, I enjoyed doing that. I think the gaffer likes me at the back because of my leadership skills. I can see everything on the pitch when I am in that wide centre-back position. I can talk to the lads and give advice to the likes of James Trafford, who is still very young even though he has done very well for us. I have enjoyed it." Wanderers have their first home game of the League One season this afternoon at the University of Bolton Stadium. Wycombe Wanderers are the visitors for the 3pm kick-off. Jones is looking forward to seeing the supporters again, with a new Fan Zone to open this weekend at the UniBol. Expecting a physical encounter against the Chairboys, Jones says it is something they have been working on in training this week. He said: “The connection we’ve got with the fans and the amount of season tickets that’s been sold already is all brilliant and it just shows the togetherness of this whole club and the community together really and we can’t wait to get started and play in front of our own fans on Saturday. “It’s going to be a really good day, I’m really looking forward to seeing all the fans again. To be honest it does not feel like it’s been too long. I feel like the pre-season and the six weeks of summer that we had has gone quite quick, but it’s what we’re here to do. We want to play good football for the fans and it’ll be good to see them on Saturday.” "We just need to work on it in training like we have been doing this week. Towards the end of last season, we were dealing with it a little bit more. "The formation we are playing as well now, I think it does help us quite a bit in that sense. Everyone understands their job probably, so I think we are well prepared for that on Saturday." Don't miss a thing from the club you love! For all the latest updates on Wanderers, sign up to our free newsletter packed with all the latest news here. READ NEXT: Ian Evatt issues Bolton demand for Wycombe Wanderers test & offers Gareth Ainsworth verdict Ian Evatt's judgement on Bolton Wanderers August run including Sheffield Wednesday & Port Vale Bolton's Gethin Jones on Wanderers summer transfers, League One, Ipswich Town verdict & Wycombe Bolton Wanderers boss Ian Evatt on facing Wycombe, team changes from Ipswich & stadium work 'Complete package' - Improvements Manchester City stopper must make in Bolton loan pinpointed