‘It shows Dino is having the final say’ – These Oldham fans detect a change of policy in significant club announcement

Oldham Athletic have signed experienced midfielder David Jones on a short-term deal.

The thirty-five-year-old has been training with the club in the past couple of days.

The vastly experienced central midfielder has a pedigree of playing at a much higher level than League Two, having come through the youth system at Manchester United, Jones enjoyed spells at Blackburn, Wigan, Derby and Wolves.

While at Molineux he was a key member of Mick McCarthy’s 2008/9 Championship winning team and went on to make thirty-two appearances in the Premier League over the next two seasons for the Wanderers.

Jones also spent three seasons at Burnley, making over one hundred and thirty appearances for the Clarets before moving to Sheffield Wednesday in 2016. The Owls released him in the summer after sixty-six outings across all competitions.

Jones was rumoured to be on trial with Grimsby Town in the summer, but a deal never materialised.


Oldham Head Coach, Dino Maamria was pleased to bolster his ranks with the hectic Christmas period closing in. Speaking to the club’s official website he said: ‘With the busy Christmas period coming up, we decided to add some more quality and experience in our light midfield area.’

‘Despite his age, David has kept himself in great shape and has won multiple promotions during his career.’

‘He’s coming to Oldham to make a real impact and help the team climb up the table.’

His arrival at Boundary Park was seen as a significant move by the club by fans when they reacted on social media. Many detected a change of policy in the club, with some believing it was a sign controversial owner Abdallah Lemsagam and his brother Mohamed were taking more of a back seat in transfer dealings. Oldham have filled their squad with several French or French-speaking players in recent transfer windows.

However, other fans were critical, pointing out that Jones was hardly the sort of young, hungry player the owner promised when the club released captain and Oldham legend Peter Clarke in the summer.

Here is a selection of their responses on Twitter to the signing.



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