David Jones has said he is grateful to Wigan boss Roberto Martinez for allowing him to join Championship Blackburn Rovers on loan. The midfielder has rarely featured for the Latics in recent weeks, and when he was made the offer of regular first-team football by Rovers, Jones told BBC Radio Lancashire that Martinez was more than accommodating.

"The manager listened to my thoughts. In a way, he did me a favour by letting me go when he perhaps needed some cover (in midfield)," said the 28-year-old.

"He listened to what I wanted and what was best for me. The opportunity came and I was very eager to take it so I'm happy it went through."