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Paul Jones signs loan deal at Exeter City

Norwich City keeper rejoins Grecians until the end of the season

4 January 2018

Exeter City have signed Norwich keeper Paul Jones on loan until the end of the season.

Paul, 31, first made his name as a keeper at St James Park between 2004 and 2011. In that time, he played more than 200 games for the Grecians, including a memorable FA Cup tie against Manchester United, as the club were promoted from the Conference to League One. 

Asked how it felt to be rejoining the Grecians, Paul said: “It feels really good to be fair. When I found out there was interest, it really excited me. 

“It was a no-brainer for me. As soon as I found out about it there was only one place that I wanted to come to. 

“I am glad it is all done. It has been a few years since I was here and I have been at a few clubs since then but it feels really good to be back.” 

Paul has since played for Peterborough, Crawley, Portsmouth and Norwich since leaving St James Park and says those experiences will stand him in good stead.   

 “I am older now (than when I was last at City),” he said. “I am more experienced and I have had more game time. I have been in different changing rooms, with different managers. So I have seen a lot since I have left. So hopefully I can use all that to Exeter’s advantage.

“I am fit. The only thing I haven’t had this much is game time this year. I have played a few under-23 games for Norwich but that is the only thing I am lacking.” 

Paul is looking forward to challenging Christy Pym for the No. 1 jersey at City, but admits he has heard good things about him and is also impressed by fellow Grecians shot stopper James Hamon. 

 “I have heard good things about Christy and obviously I see highlights from the Exeter games and from what I have seen he has done really well,” said Paul “It takes me back to when I was his age at this club and he is probably ahead of me in that respect. Exeter have been in good stead with him and Hammy (James Hamon) – I was impressed with him in training as well today.” 

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