Jones to fight for his place

Defender tells of friendly rivalry in training between players

Billy Jones: The full back aims to establish himself as a regular in the West Brom side this season

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Billy Jones is planning to make life difficult for new West Brom boss Steve Clarke by handing him a selection headache.

The 25-year-old spent last season battling it out with Steven Reid for the right-back spot after joining from Preston last summer.

The pair shared the duties evenly throughout the season with Jones sometimes switching to left-back when needed.

And Jones believes the competition between the two will only become more intense next season which bodes well for the side but could mean sleepless nights for Clarke.

"Anybody who is looking to establish themselves in this division is looking to get a full season in the team," Jones told the club's official website.

"It's going to be a difficult decision for the head coach to make in terms of who will play right-back as Reidy and I probably played about an equal amount of games, and I think we both did really well when we were in the team.

Difficult decisions

"There will be hard decisions for the gaffer all over the pitch because we have good players that competed with each other throughout last season.

"I've always said that it's great to have competition for places all over the pitch and I think last season at this club proved that.

"Last season the starting XI would change, but the philosophy stayed the same and it still brought success.

"There would've been difficult decisions to make anyway, but now we have a new gaffer to impress, I'm sure there will be intense competition for places as soon as pre-season training begins.

"I'm sure our players will be more enthusiastic than ever when they get back on that training pitch."