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Hill On Gary Jones' Return To Spotland

19 December 2014

Former Dale Skipper Gary Jones will make a return to Spotland this Saturday – his first since leaving the club in the summer of 2012.

Jonah made over 500 appearances for Rochdale during an eleven year period, becoming the club’s all-time record appearance maker.

During his time at Spotland he became the first Rochdale Captain to lead a Dale side out at Wembley, as well as steering the side to promotion for the first time in 41 years in 2010.

The 37-year-old spent two seasons at Bradford, before joining Notts County this summer. He has made 21 appearances so far for the Magpies this season, scoring three times.

And while Hill hopes that he won’t be on the score-sheet on Saturday, he is full of praise for his ex-Skipper.

“Notts County are having an outstanding season. For me, Notts County are a big, big footballing club and under Shaun they’re having an excellent season. Not only under Shaun, though, but Gary Jones as well.

“He’s an exceptional player, he’s great lad with a great family and a standout person. He’s a player that I’m excited to welcome back to Rochdale because he did a lot for this football club. He’s a leader with that he plays.

“He had an outstanding couple of seasons with Bradford [after leaving Rochdale] and he’s gone to Notts County where is having another outstanding season.”

Hill laughed as he added: “We’ll definitely be welcoming him back, but we want to take the three points.”

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