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Jones | "We'll return in good shape"

On loan Gills midfielder keen to return when it's safe to do so.

21 March 2020

Jones ready to return when green light is given.

Alfie Jones says the Gills squad are keen to get back to full training as soon as it is safe to do so.

Steve Evans revealed on Friday that players will stay away from the club until the morning of March 30, and although the midfielder wants to get back as soon as possible, he insisted the health and safety of everybody involved has to come first.

Speaking to the club website he said: “It’s strange not being in training every day but obviously the health and safety of everyone has to come first. That’s the most important thing; it's the main priority and we’ll resume as and when the decision is made.

“Until that time we’ve got to keep our fitness levels ticking over and we are working on our own programmes. We are going out and getting fresh air when we can but the gyms are closing now so we are a touch restricted as to what we can do, but we’ll work hard with what we have and the aim is to go back in the best possible shape to tackle the last few matches.

“I think in a way we take it [Football] for granted. The boys are keen to get back in now and you miss the every day banter in and around the dressing room and on the training pitch.”

Alfie, who is now in Bristol with his family, agreed with skipper Max Ehmer when he said the season has to be finished.

“It needs to be completed; we have nine games to go and there is still a lot to play for,” he said. “Hopefully we get the chance to get back out there soon; we are in good form and we want to continue that. We had a good result at Sunderland and that gave us a lot of confidence."

Alfie recently returned from injury and has been a regular in the Gills midfield this season after joining on loan from Premier League side Southampton, and he says he is thoroughly enjoying the experience.

He added: “It’s been the most enjoyable and exciting part of my career and I’m thankful to the Chairman and the Manager for giving me the chance and I just hope I can put the shirt on again before the end of the season and finish the campaign well.”

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