United aim to keep Jones
By Gerrit van Leeuwen
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manchester United are believed to be ready to hand David Jones a new contract.
Manchester United are set to hand David Jones the chance to earn a place in the first team squad during the pre-season campaign.
Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be ready to extend the midfielder's contract until 2009, as his present deal expires next year, after his impressive form on loan at Preston and NEC Nijmegen this season.
The former reserve team skipper is keen to prove his worth at United, although NEC would like to bring him back to Holland in another loan arrangement.
If Jones fails to earn a place in the Carling Cup winners' squad for the 2006/2007 campaign, then Ferguson is likely to agree to send the youngster to NEC again to obtain more experience.
The 21-year-old is confident he can do enough to convince Ferguson to hand him an opportunity next term.
An opportunity beckons on the club's tour of South Africa in the summer.