Hartlepool United have signed Rob Jones on a free transfer, as confirmed by the Hartlepool Mail.

The 36-year-old defender aimed to impress during the reserve match against Newcastle United and as soon as the Pool won that game 3-1, the manager Craig Hignett called Jones in and offered him a contract until the end of the season which he accepted.

Jones had been at Doncaster Rovers previously, a team he captained and even managed earlier in the season, but after failing to break back into the first team he was released on Deadline Day so he could sign for a new club as a free agent.

With his 6ft 7″ frame, Jones will bring plenty of presence to the Hartlepool defence while also being a danger in the opposition box. And with 400 appearances to his name and clubs like Scunthorpe United and Sheffield Wednesday being on his CV, his experience could end up being vital to Hartlepool’s relegation fight.