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BILLY JONES
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UPDATED 10:56 2nd July 2013

BILLY Jones joined Albion from Preston on a Bosman on July 1, 2011 – putting pen to paper on a three-year contract.


The Shrewsbury-born right-back put in a string of impressive performances throughout the 2012/13 season – earning Zoopla’s Player of the Month Award for April – after scoring his first Baggies goal in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle at The Hawthorns. 


Jones made 31 appearances in all competitions for Steve Clarke’s side – stepping up to the plate when fellow-full-back Steven Reid suffered a hamstring injury in September 2012.

The former Lilywhites star made 17 Barclays Premier League appearances during his debut top-flight season under then-head coach Roy Hodgson in 2011/12.


Jones was involved in six of Albion's ten Premier League clean sheets that campaign - including a 0-0 draw with Champions Manchester City on Boxing Day and a historic 1-0 triumph at Liverpool in April. 


He made his Baggies debut in a 4-1 Carling Cup second-round win at Bournemouth in August, 2011.


On moving to The Hawthorns, Jones already had an impressive 311 senior appearances under his belt, having made his league debut with first club Crewe at the tender age of 16, in a Championship clash against Derby.


Jones went on to make 139 appearances for Alex, netting nine times, before joining Preston on a free transfer at the start of the 2007/08 season.


He was a mainstay of the North End team, where he earned a reputation as a tireless right-back who can play in a variety of positions, including central midfield.


Despite Preston's relegation from the Championship in 2010/11, he netted an impressive six times from his 45 starts and finished the campaign as captain – also earning the club’s Player of the Season Award.


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