Robins swoop on defender Jones

Jones: Signed for Cheltenham

Cheltenham have completed the signing of Billy Jones after the defender decided to turn his back on relegated club Exeter.

Jones rejected the chance to sign fresh terms with the Grecians and has now passed a medical and put pen to paper on a two-year deal with League Two rivals Town.

The 29-year-old becomes manager Mark Yates' second signing of the summer after midfielder Sam Deering as the Robins look to go one better than May's play-off final defeat when the action resumes next month.

Jones told his new club's official website: "Exeter wasn't the right move for me but I knew Cheltenham was after speaking with Mark Yates. It all happened really quickly because I got the phone call just five days ago. It's all done and dusted now which is good and I really can't wait to get started."

Jones started his career with Leyton Orient before moving to Kidderminster and then a first stint with Exeter in 2005.

His form for the Grecians attracted the attention of Crewe in 2007, for whom he enjoyed three seasons before moving back to Exeter, making a total of 57 appearances in the last two years including 21 last term.