James Collins says that midfielder James Jones would have gained confidence from last season's arrival.
James Collins has told crewealex.net that the club’s young midfield player James Jones will only benefit from his playing time last season. Jones, 19, was thrust into the first team scene picture during the second half of the season and ended his first season at this level with 26 appearances under his belt. He also notched his first senior goal in a 3-2 win at Colchester United in February.
Collins, who helped Jones emerge through the club’s Academy says the experience of playing in a struggling team will only benefit him in the long-term.
The club’s first team coach said: “I thought James did well for us last season. He came into the team that was in the bottom four and he had to play under immense pressure.
“He made mistakes at times and there is more to come from him, but he never shirked his responsibilities. Despite the pressure we were under to get results, James always tried to get on the ball and play. That gives us great hope for the future.
“He will be a much better player for the experience and he will get better. He will know what this league is about and he will know that he play at this level. That will give him great confidence for the new season.
He added: “James has a really professional attitude and wants to do well.”