Bantams boss Phil Parkinson put down a serious statement of the Bantams' intentions for the 2012/2013 season by securing the signature of Rochdale captain Gary Jones in June 2012.Jones, who turned 35 earlier that month, agreed to sign a one year contract with City and become Parkinson's third summer signing in the process. Dale's record appearance holder, the influential character has previously worked with City assistant Steve Parkin during their time together at Spotland Stadium and at Barnsley. The inspirational midfielder took his place in Parkinson's squad after forging himself a reputation over the seasons as a committed and determined enforcer in the middle of the park. Those commendable qualities were evident as ever the season before he joined City as Jones led Dale on the pitch with his usual gusto during their League 1 campaign. He started and completed 50 of Rochdale's 52 first team fixtures during the 2011/2012 campaign - missing only one league match and one Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie in the process. Despite being unable to prevent the Lancashire club from suffering relegation into League 2, Jones did manage to finish as Rochdale's top assist-maker and third top scorer in the campaign. The year before - the 2010/2011 campaign - Jones helped Rochdale a highly respectable ninth place finish in their maiden season back in League 1. Jones also played a major role in Dale's promotion into League 1 when captained the Spotland-based outfit to their first promotion in 40 years. As well as a tireless worker, Jones is also a dab hand when it comes to set-pieces. Thanks partly to his accuracy from penalties and free-kicks, the Birkenhead-born man finished as Dale's top scorer during the 2010/2011 season with an impressive total of 19 in all competitions. Despite becoming a legend among the Dale faithful over recent seasons, Jones actually started his career in English league football with Swansea City in 1997 following a season with Welsh Cymru Alliance side Caernarfon Town. After less than a season at Swansea, Jones started his long association with Rochdale by signing on at Spotland following a brief loan spell. Jones would spend three year there during his first spell with the club before following Parkin to Barnsley in 2001. In 2003 Jones returned to Spotland on loan from the Tykes before his move back to Rochdale was made permanent the following year. Shortly after joining the Bantams, Jones quickly became a huge fans favourite with the City faithful. His hard-working and committed displays made him one of the very first names on Parkinson’s team-sheet. Having been named as captain before the 2012/2013 season, Jones led City to the Capital One Cup Final in February before bringing the Bantams back to Wembley three months later to seal promotion into League 1 via the Play-Off Final.