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Barnes At Training; Jones Talks About Future

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Revolution defender Darrius Barnes, who underwent knee surgery in April, was spotted on the training ground during Wednesday’s session as he works his way back to action.

The versatile veteran joined the training session just before the media portion wrapped up. He wore a sleeveless training top, shorts and boots, indicating he was likely preparing to work off to the side with the team’s medical staff.

The timetable for Barnes’ recovery was originally pegged at six months, with a possible return in October. However, given the abundance of caution often given to players returning from knee injuries, Barnes may not be ready to hit full throttle until the 2016 preseason.

Training notes:

-Among those who spoke to the media prior to Wednesday’s training were coach Jay Heaps, goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth, midfielder Jermaine Jones, and defenders Andrew Farrell and Chris Tierney.

-Shuttleworth spoke at length about his new contract extension, which he signed on Monday. He specifically expressed gratitude to the organization’s faith in him given that he joined the Revolution as a third-string keeper in 2009: “I’m excited that they put the faith in me going forward, and obviously grateful to them for allowing me to develop,” Shuttleworth said. “I’ve been here for a long time, and it’s really the only club I’ve been at, so I’m pretty settled here.”

-According to Heaps, the re-signing of Shuttleworth wasn’t just important because it brings stability between the sticks going forward. “We’re at the next phase where Bobby has another level, and I think when you see someone that can continue to get better after being a professional, well that’s when you realize that this player has higher levels to hit.”

-Jones, who signed with the club one year ago this past Monday, touched upon his first 365 days with the organization, as well as the future. “My family was here to visit to see how Boston is, and my family likes it too, but it’s not always how much you like it. So we’ll have to sit down and discuss other stuff, too. If we (agree), then I’ll be happy to stay, but if not, then I’ll have no problem moving on.”

-Unsigned defender and Concord, Mass. native Will Packwood remains a regular participant in training.

One Comment

  1. Robert

    August 28, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Sounds like Jones has heard nothing from the organization about an extension. He should have locked-up after last season.

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