Pringle extends Millers stay

BY foxsports • January 19, 2013

Port Vale have completed the signing of defender Daniel Jones after he left Sheffield Wednesday by mutual consent.

The 26-year-old reached agreement with Wednesday before agreeing to initially join Vale until June 30, but will have to wait for his debut after Saturday's home clash with Bradford was postponed.

"I've really enjoyed my time at Sheffield Wednesday. I haven't played as many games as I would I have liked and I'm ready for a new challenge," Jones told Wednesday's official website.

"Wednesday is a massive club and I hope the lads can turn it around this season and climb the table."

Jones, who can play in midfield or at left-back, began his career at Wolves and had two loan spells at Northampton before two similar stints at Oldham.

Further loan spells followed at Notts County and Bristol Rovers before he joined Wednesday on a free transfer in August 2010. He made 50 appearances in all competitions for the Owls.

Hibs announced earlier in the week that the 26-year-old, who joined the McDiarmid Park club from Falkirk in 2008, will move to Leith at the end of the season on a two-year agreement.

Saints boss Lomas, whose side return to action against Motherwell at Fir Park on Sunday following their winter break, took a pragmatic view to the loss of one of his top players.

The Northern Irishman said: "I knew it was going to happen, that's just the way it is.

"We can't compete with the likes of Hibs and some other SPL clubs for wages, it's as simple as that.

"Liam has been a great servant to the club and I have no worries about him for the rest of the season.

"I know his character, he will give it everything and it's because of players like him that St Johnstone have had success in recent seasons, they are all an honest bunch of lads."

Lomas has already lined up a replacement in Richard Brittain, who has signed a pre-contract deal, although the move to recruit the Ross County skipper raised a few eyebrows.

Erik Pieters' return from nine months out with injury was cut short by a red card in the 67th minute, but by the time he departed following a poor challenge from behind on Fred Benson, all four goals had already been scored.

Benson got two of them, putting Zwolle ahead courtesy of some poor defending in the 25th minute and then, after Tim Matacz levelled three minutes before half-time, he put Zwolle back in front nine minutes into the second half after another defensive mix-up.

Wiljan Pluim added a third in the 63rd minute to give Zwolle a rare victory in Eindhoven, and the frustration got to Pieters moments later.

Reports in Holland after the match said Pieters had been taken to hospital after punching a window in anger and cutting his hand.

The result means FC Twente have the opportunity to move three points clear by beating RKC Waalwijk on Saturday, while Ajax or Feyenoord will move level with them in second place if there is a winner between the two at the Amsterdam ArenA on Sunday.

The Latics have taken only one point from their last six League One games and lie four points above the relegation zone in 19th position.

Versatile attacker Simpson bagged a brace as Paul Dickov's men stunned Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup - their only victory since the turn of the year - and he is eager for more of the same at the Ricoh Arena.

"Obviously we're down near the bottom now," he said. "We kind of think we don't deserve to be there but we are there so it's time to prove that we don't deserve to be there and start picking up some points.

"Starting with Coventry away - Coventry is one of my former clubs. I had a few great years there and I'm really looking forward to going back.

"It'll be good for me to go back there and hopefully I can nick a goal, carry on that bit of scoring form that I've been on in 2013 and we come away with three points."

The 24-year-old, signed by previous manager Andy Scott from Derby in June 2011, put pen to paper on Friday afternoon.

"I'm delighted that Ben has committed his future to Rotherham United," said manager Steve Evans.

"The situation with Ben came to a head when we received two good offers for him in the last week.

"But my chairman Tony Stewart has stayed true to his word and turned them down while at the same time appreciating the fact we could have lost a player in May for nothing."

Pringle has played a key role for Steve Evans' side this season, making 31 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals.


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