Englishmen Abroad: Three Top-Flight Expats
Like Dier, Jones has found playing time in Portugal, with Belenenses. Having helped them to promotion in 2013, Jones then played 29 games as the side finished in 14th, just one place above the drop zone. His ten clean sheets were a big reason why Belenenses avoided an immediate return to the second tier.
This season Jones has had to share the workload with Hugo Ventura, but the change between the sticks hasn’t affected the side. They currently sit in 8th spot, well clear of danger and just four points away from a Europa League position. Not bad for someone rejected by West Brom and Aberdeen.
At 28, hopes for a potential career for Jones in England are diminishing, especially at the highest level. However, his success abroad after failing to make the grade in England should be appreciated and used as an example for a wider audience.