Ex-Doncaster, Sheffield Wednesday, Hibernian defender a key play for Hartlepool United

Rob Jones will be Hartlepool United's key figure for the rest of the season, says Craig Hignett.
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Following a slipshod Pools display at Bristol Rovers, Hignett handed a contract until the end of the season to the veteran centre-half.

Jones had been training at Maiden Castle following his release by Doncaster Rovers after three and a half years at the Keepmoat.

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And Hignett’s decision was justified as the 36-year-old produced a “towering” debut performance at Barnet, where Pools won 3-1 against a Bees side who boasted the second best home record in the division .

The Pools boss will be looking for more of the same tomorrow against Dagenham & Redbridge.

“I had seen him training for two weeks and I knew he was fit, but when you put a lad into a game, you never know,” he said.

“But I reiterate what I said after the same that you will not see a better debut.

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“I think his first three headers were massive, towering headers.

“Dagenham will be a little like that, they have Doig up front who is decent in the air but Rob won’t have to jump to beat him.

“He does have leadership qaulities – I just think he’s naturally like that as a player.

“He’s had a really good career and been captain more or less wherever he’s been, he just knows the game. He can teach all the young lads here so much.”

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But ultimately it’s his physicality which perhaps matters most.

“Rob was just what we needed,” said Hignett. “Look at his size – he’s enormous. He’s 6ft 7in officially, but looks even bigger.”