Gethin Jones receives his maiden senior international call-up for the Socceroos. (Image: Bolton Wanderers/Twitter)

Gethin Jones is one of the new inclusions in the Socceroos squad but has plenty of international experience under his belt.

Jones represented Wales in underage levels, captaining the Under 16, 17, 19, and 21 sides. He is currently the vice-captain for his domestic club Bolton Wanderers FC.

The 28-year-old looks to bring his leadership experience into the Socceroos environment.

“I’ve been at Bolton for a few years now and I am vice-captain at Bolton, so I’m hoping to show my leadership skills on and off the pitch with the lads,” Jones said.

“For now, I’m hoping to repay the faith that they’ve shown in me to bring me into the squad and keep working out in training and hopefully do it in the games as well.”

Born in Perth, Jones spent the first 10 years of his life in Australia moving up the Football Australia pathway. It wasn’t until his move that he progressed through the Welsh youth football setup.

Jones received his maiden senior international call-up when he was named to the Australia squad for the Asian Cup. It was an obvious decision to take the opportunity when he got the phone call from Head Coach Graham Arnold.

“It’s always been in the back of my mind to represent the country of birth, and then as soon as I got the phone call, asking for me to play for Australia, I was over the moon, and it was the right decision for me,” he said.

“It was just something I was very proud to tell my family that I got the call to represent Australia.

“I’ve known Arnie [Graham Arnold] and Rene [René Meulensteen] have been coming to the games at Bolton for quite a few months now.

“It was a few months back, where Rene contacted me after a game, and I met up with Rene and then all of a sudden, I got the phone call from Arnie asking if I wanted to play for the Socceroos.”

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The defender is ready to play where needed but feels the best playing in his familiar right-back position.

“Over the years I have played multiple positions, especially at Bolton. I have played left wing-back, left back, right centre-back in a back three, and of course at right back as well, so, I’m versatile,” he said.

“But obviously my main position I’d say is right back, but as long as the manager puts me on the pitch, wherever he wants me to play I will give my 100 per cent.”

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