Former reported Aston Villa target is now top of the Saudi Arabian league

A dejected fan of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final between Aston Villa and Fulham at Wembley Stadium on May 26, 2018 in London, England.

Aston Villa reportedly sent scouts to watch Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones during his time in the Eredivisie with Feyenoord.

Brad Jones of Feyenoord gives his team instructions during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Feyenoord and Shakhtar Donetsk at Feijenoord Stadion on October 17, 2017 in...

Aston Villa were fully prepared for the departure of Sam Johnstone at the end of last season.

Johnstone had blossomed into arguably the Championship’s best goalkeeper during his time at Villa Park but, unfortunately for the Midland side, he was only on loan at the second tier side from Manchester United.

As a result, the Mirror reported in March that Villa were looking for potential permanent replacements. And one name on their list was the experienced Brad Jones.

 

It was claimed that Steve Bruce had sent scouts to watch the former Liverpool goalkeeper in action for Feyenoord, who he helped win a historic first Eredivisie title of the 21st century in 2017.

Jones did leave De Kuip in the summer. But he could hardly be further away from Villa Park right now.

The 36-year-old left Feyenoord for Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr, signing a two-year deal in August. And Jones’ new side are currently top of the Saudi Professional League, having won five out of five and conceding just three goals in that time.

Brad Jones of Liverpool celebrates the goal scored by Martin Skrtel of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on December 21, 2014 in...

“We’ve had seven matches and seven wins so I couldn’t wish for a better start on that front,” Australian international Jones, who hasn’t missed a minute of action for Al-Nassr so far, told FTBL.

“Life in Saudi is good. My family has moved over and the kids are in school over there. It’s gone really well.”

To think, Jones could have been stuck in 15th place in the Championship rather than top of the table in sunny Saudi Arabia.

Goal keeper Brad Jones (C) of Feyenoord tries to save the ball during the eredivisie match between Feyenoord and AZ in the Kuip Stadium, Rotterdam on March 11, 2018.

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