Crawley sign Portsmouth goalkeeper Paul Jones on loan

Crawley Town's Paul Jones is beaten by Charlton Athletics free kick  (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00120120208071100
Crawley Town's Paul Jones is beaten by Charlton Athletics free kick (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00120120208071100

Crawley Town have signed their former goalkeeper Paul Jones on a 28-day loan from League Two rivals Portsmouth.

Manager Mark Yates said: “We’re delighted to have Paul with us and I’d like to thank (Portsmouth manager) Paul Cook for allowing us to take him on loan.

League two -  Portsmouth vs Accrington Stanley - 05/09/15'Portsmouth�"s Paul Jones PPP-150924-154803001

League two - Portsmouth vs Accrington Stanley - 05/09/15'Portsmouth�"s Paul Jones PPP-150924-154803001

“Young Callum Preston has made great strides this season but we need to have two good keepers at the club and Paul brings massive experience and he is a big presence in the penalty area.

“And of course he knows the club, even if I doubt if there is anyone who is still here from the playing side from when he was here, which definitely helps.”

This is Jones’ second spell at the club having made 105 league and cup appearances for Reds when they were in League One.

He then joined Portsmouth in 2014 and has made 45 appearances for the Fratton Park club.

The 29-year-old, who started his career at Leyton Orient and also played for Exeter City and Peterborough is an experienced keeper with 355 league appearances.

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