Jim confirms interest in Hibs defender

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton today confirmed an interest in Hibernian central defender Rob Jones.The Blues' boss jetted up to Edinburgh at the weekend to watch Jones in action against Celtic and said: “He did very well and is worth another look.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton today confirmed an interest in Hibernian central defender Rob Jones.

The Blues' boss jetted up to Edinburgh at the weekend to watch Jones in action against Celtic and said: “He did very well and is worth another look.”

Jones, 27, has been likened to a younger Jason De Vos and Magilton agreed.


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He said: “We all know what a player and what a strong character Jason is, and Rob has the same credentials.

“Hibernian are not short of money and have no reason to sell so it remains to be seen whether they will be interested in selling the defender.

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“We had heard a lot about him and I went to see what all the fuss was about and we will certainly be looking at him again.”

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Magilton also did well in the same defence as Jones who was taken to Hibernian by Tony Mowbray.

Jones, who is six foot four inches was previously at Grimsby Town but his career did not take off until he moved north of the border.

Magilton has said all season that he is looking for additional players at the back although he has Fabian Wilnis available to him now following his three-match suspension.

Ipswich play at Hull City on Saturday with a 12.30pm kick off, which Magilton says can be to their advantage.

Reporting a clean bill of health after Saturday's 4-1 victory at home over Coventry City Magilton said: “Hull have a big game tomorrow night in the Carling Cup while we have a whole week to prepare.”

Town keeper Neil Alexander is still waiting for his wife Joanne to give birth to their second child although she is due to be induced this week so that he should be available for the trip to Humberside.

Town then move on to Lancashire for a match at Burnley on Tuesday and the Town boss is hoping to improve his side's away form in those two matches so that the good home results following seven straight wins can be backed up with points on the road to ensure a move up the table.

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