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Brad Jones

Bradley Scott "Brad" Jones (born 19 March 1982) is an Australian association football player who plays for Liverpool F.C. as a goalkeeper (association football). Brad Jones was a member of the Middlesbrough F.C. team for over a decade, and also had a number of loan spells at a succession of lower league clubs; Shelbourne F.C., Stockport County F.C., Rotherham United F.C., Blackpool F.C. and Sheffield Wednesday F.C.. In August 2010, Brad Jones made a £2.3m move to Liverpool. In March 2011, after only two games for the Reds, Brad Jones joined Derby on loan until the end of the season.

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Bradley Scott "Brad" Jones (born 19 March 1982) is an Australian association football player who plays for Liverpool F.C. as a goalkeeper (association football). Brad Jones was a member of the Middlesbrough F.C. team for over a decade, and also had a number of loan spells at a succession of lower league clubs; Shelbourne F.C., Stockport County F.C., Rotherham United F.C., Blackpool F.C. and Sheffield Wednesday F.C.. In August 2010, Brad Jones made a £2.3m move to Liverpool. In March 2011, after only two games for the Reds, Brad Jones joined Derby on loan until the end of the season.

Club career

Early career

Jones was born in Armadale, Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia to an English father. Jones signed for Bayswater City SC in Western Australia.

Middlesbrough

Brad Jones was then signed by Middlesbrough after Brad Jones was released by Norwich, playing in their youth system, and signed a professional contract in March 1999.

With Brad Jones mentor in Mark Schwarzer moving to Fulham F.C., Jones became first choice goalkeeper at Middlesbrough. Brad Jones picked up an injury in the second game of the 2008–09 in English football season, and subsequently missed the next two games. Jones regained Brad Jones place in the Middlesbrough first team in January 2009 and remained first choice as Middlesbrough were relegated from the Premier League. Another pre-season injury saw Brad Jones miss the start of the season but Brad Jones regained Brad Jones place after new signing Danny Coyne conceded 5 against West Bromwich Albion F.C.. Brad Jones remained in the Boro side for the rest of the season, although they failed to gain promotion from the Football League Championship.

Liverpool

On 17 August 2010, Jones joined Liverpool F.C. in a deal worth £2.3 million. Brad Jones qualifies as a "home-grown" player under the new Premier League rules. On 19 August, Jones watched Liverpool's UEFA Europa League play-off 1st leg tie at Anfield from the directors' box, along with Captain (association football) Steven Gerrard, Emiliano Insúa, Alberto Aquilani and Dirk Kuyt. Brad Jones was handed the number 1 shirt after goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri left the club on 23 August, ahead of Liverpool's clash with Manchester City F.C.'s testimonial against an Everton XI, and impressed with a string of saves. Jones made Brad Jones debut for Liverpool in the Football League Cup 3rd Round tie against Northampton Town F.C. on 23 September 2010. The game ended 2-2 after extra time before Liverpool lost on penalties. A couple of weeks later, Jones injured Brad Jones shoulder in training, and would be out for up to a month. Reserve goalkeeper Martin Hansen took Brad Jones place on the bench until Jones was back fit as Liverpool's other backup goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi was on loan at nearby club Tranmere Rovers. Brad Jones made Brad Jones second start for the club on 15 December 2010 in a Europa League game against FC Utrecht, getting Brad Jones first clean sheet for the Reds.
Unfortunately for Jones this was to be Brad Jones last game of the 2010–2011 season.

Derby County

At the end of March, Jones joined on loan to Derby for the remainder of the 2010-11 season. Jones made Brad Jones debut in a 4-1 loss to Cardiff City F.C. and went on to concede 16 goals in Brad Jones 7 games at Derby, including another four against Burnley F.C. (2-4) and three against Norwich City F.C. (2-3). Brad Jones came in for criticism from Derby manager Nigel Clough after Brad Jones mistake let Bristol City F.C. take an early lead in Derby's final home game of the season, in a match the club eventually lost 2-0. It turned out to be Jones' last Derby game Brad Jones was an unused substitute in Derby's 2-1 defeat at Reading F.C. on the last day of the Championship season before returning to Liverpool, after being replaced by academy goalkeeper Ross Atkins.

International career

Jones received Brad Jones first senior international call up on 5 February 2007 to replace Mark Schwarzer in a friendly match. Brad Jones made Brad Jones first senior international start on 2 June 2007 against Uruguay national football team. Brad Jones was part of Australia's début campaign in the 2007 Asian Cup, but Brad Jones did not feature in any of their matches. Additionally, Brad Jones was selected as one of the three goalkeepers in Australia's final 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but Brad Jones left the squad to return to Brad Jones family following news of Brad Jones son being diagnosed with leukemia, and Brad Jones did not return to the tournament.

Personal life

Jones's six year old son Luca Jones died on 18 November 2011 after a year-long battle with leukemia. Liverpool's players and staff wore black armbands as a mark of respect in their subsequent 2-1 victory over Chelsea, Brad Jones old teammates at Middlesbrough also wore armbands as a mark of respect.

Honours

Middlesbrough:
- UEFA Europa League (runners-up): 2005–06 UEFA Cup
- Football League Cup: 2003–04 Football League Cup

Australia:
- 2011 Asian Cup (runners-up)

Liverpool
- Football League Cup: 2011–12 Football League Cup

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Jones_(footballer)

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