Tudur Jones could yet be returning west to Swindon

Paddy Davitt Norwich City's out-of-favour Welsh international Owain Tudur Jones could be handed a lifeline by League One club Swindon Town. The versatile 25-year-old is reportedly on a list of targets drawn up by Robins' boss Danny Wilson, who worked with the ex-Swansea midfielder during a previous loan spell at the County Ground back in 2009.

Paddy Davitt

Norwich City's out-of-favour Welsh international Owain Tudur Jones could be handed a lifeline by League One club Swindon Town.

The versatile 25-year-old is reportedly on a list of targets drawn up by Robins' boss Danny Wilson, who worked with the ex-Swansea midfielder during a previous loan spell at the County Ground back in 2009.

Tudur Jones now appears surplus to requirements at Carrow Road under Paul Lambert after recently returning from an unsuccessful close season trial at League One new boys Plymouth.


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The Welshman was omitted from Lambert's week long summer German training party and has featured only three times for the Scot in the senior ranks since a �250,000 switch from the Swans.

Tudur Jones was again absent from the City matchday party for last weekend's last gasp Championship win at Scunthorpe and could be tempted by the prospect of regular football ahead of the August 31 deadline.

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The ex-Bangor apprentice was re-deployed as a central defensive option during City's friendlies against local non league opposition and Wilson admitted he is actively scouring the market to bolster the Robins' inexperienced backline.

Imposing centre-back Gordon Greer - who scored a late equaliser against the Canaries in March's League One fixture - joined Brighton in the summer after Swindon lost out in the League One play-off final at Wembley. Wilson is reportedly looking to recruit two new faces ahead of the deadline following a shaky start to the new campaign which has seen Swindon ship four league goals in the opening week.

“There's virtually half the Football League in our position, looking for an old fashioned centre-half who goes and wins the ball and keeps you together. The experienced boys are at a premium these days,” said Wilson. “Who that will be, and when it will be available, we'll wait and see, but we're certainly very active in trying to find somebody.

“We will keep persevering and have a few irons in the fire. With a bit of luck we will get something before the end of August.

“I'm not knocking the two boys in there at the moment, but they are both young lads and we need that experience if we - can get it - that will settle them down and help them make the right decisions on a regular basis.”

Wilson enticed Tudur Jones to the west country for the second half of the 2008/09 season after the Welsh midfielder was unable to force his way back into Swansea's Championship squad following a long term knee problem.

Lambert sanctioned a fresh loan move for the 25-year-old at Yeovil towards the end of last season following three low key City cup appearances - including a Johnstone's Paint penalty shoot out win at Swindon.

Ex-Liverpool striking legend Ian Rush recommended his countryman to Plymouth chief Peter Reid earlier this month but Tudur Jones returned to Norfolk after appearing in one pre-season friendly romp at Saltash.

His prospects of a temporary Home Park loan move were ended by the arrival of Tottenham's England U19 midfield starlet Dean Parrett on a season long switch.

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