Tudur Jones hoping to get back playing
PUBLISHED: 11:20 28 January 2011
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Midfielder Owain Tudur Jones is determined to keep playing football - rather than watch Norwich City's promotion bid from the sidelines.
The 26-year-old Wales international is on loan at Brentford after making just eight first team appearances in 18 months with the Canaries.
Tudur Jones, who has also had two lengthy loan spells with Yeovil, made his debut for the Bees in the 2-1 League One defeat at Oldham last weekend.
He has a season and a half of his City contract to run, but knows he must stay on other clubs’ radar if he is not to be stranded in no man’s land.
“Obviously things aren’t going well at Norwich from the point of view of playing regularly, ever since the current manager took over,” he told the Hounslow and Brentford Times.
“Everyone was back fit at Norwich and I knew I could get left behind. It wasn’t a case of looking for a move, but once there was the chance to get out and play some games I jumped at it.
“I could just stay there and see out my contract, but there comes a time where if you’re not playing, your name just disappears.
“It is not ideal going out on loan, but I want to improve my career and do better, and just training – without playing – is not going to do that.”
Tudur Jones was pressed into action as a centre-back at Oldham. He admits he has seldom played the position during his career – even if people assume from his size he is a defender – but will do the job if needed.
“People often look at my height when they first meet me, find out I’m a footballer and assume I’m a centre-back,” he said.
“I’ve come here to do a job and help the team and if the manager feels I can strengthen the team in that position then I will do it.
“It is not a position I’m familiar with and I don’t think it is a position where Brentford will see the best of me.
“But there are some strong midfielders here and I’m happy to do the job I’m required to do.”
Tudur Jones, who joined the Canaries for £250,000 from Swansea City in the summer of 2009, started the Championship game at Middlesbrough on January 3, but was substituted by manager Paul Lambert at half-time.