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Roy Keane and Gary Neville personally led contract talks with Ferguson to help Man Utd kid David Jones who had no agent

ROY KEANE and Gary Neville negotiated a new contract for Manchester United rookie David Jones with Sir Alex Ferguson - the player has revealed.

Jones, now at Oldham after being released by Sheffield Wednesday in November, has spoken about how the United legends held talks with Sir Alex to get the best deal for the then agent-less academy kid's first professional contract.

The midfielder, now 35, went on to play for ten clubs, including Derby County, Wolves, Blackburn and Wigan.

He told the Daily Mail: "I didn’t have an agent back then and this is when Roy Keane and Gary Neville pulled me aside after training one day and offered to help with the contract.

"They were both fantastic. We sat down in the players’ lounge and they went through everything with me. Even that was an experience to learn from!

"They wanted to make sure I was getting a fair deal for where I was at in my career and it was actually Roy and Gary who negotiated the contract with the manager on my behalf.’

"After I’d signed I bought them both a bottle of wine as a thank you.

"The cheapest commission I’ve ever had to pay in my whole career.

"At the time, Manchester United were without doubt the biggest club in the world and every player wanted to play for them and for Sir Alex Ferguson.

"I was 19 and had been training with the first team for about six months when the club offered me a new contract.

"It was a great place to start my career. I got a fantastic insight into what makes a top player."

Jones spent four years at Old Trafford.

Derby eventually signed the Southport-born midfielder for £1m in 2007 when he was deemed surplus to requirements by Sir Alex.

Jones had the likes of Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick and Owen Hargreaves blocking his path to the first team.

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