By Harvey Byrne
Everton defender Gethin Jones has made the move to Championship side Barnsley until the end of the season, it was announced on Wednesday evening.
The 21-year-old right-back has made the move across to Yorkshire for the second loan move of his career.
The Merseysiders revealed the deal on their official Twitter account on Wednesday after the player had agreed terms with Paul Heckingbottom’s side.
— Everton (@Everton) January 18, 2017
Jones joined League Two side Plymouth towards the end of the 2015-16 campaign, where he featured eight times in all competitions.
He has also made his senior appearance for the Toffees, coming on as a final minute substitute for Tyias Browning in 2014’s Europa League clash with FC Krasnodar.
He has not since added to that appearance in the Everton senior team, but the Wales Under-21 international will now be looking to gain more first team experience with Barnsley.
The Yorkshire club are currently sat in 10th place in the English second tier with seven points currently separating them from the play-offs.
They will still have their eyes on the Championship’s top six and they will be hoping the addition of Jones can help them do so.
Football Insider verdict:
A loan move makes the perfect sense for Jones. At 21 he will soon lose the tag of a ‘potential player’ to one considered not good enough if he’s unable to make it. It is unlikely that he will ever make it at Everton with the club currently blessed with Seamus Coleman and Mason Holgate in the right-back position. However, this loan move presents Jones with the opportunity to show that he can do it at professional level. Young players have moved far lower down the pyramid than to 10th in the English second tier and he must now take his opportunity with both hands and showcase his talents.
In other Everton transfer news, Don Hutchison can’t believe that the Toffees have not moved for this defender.