Boston United striker Mark Jones accepts 'unbelievable offer' to join Gainsborough Trinity
Boston United have admitted defeat in their bid to keep Mark Jones after the in-form striker agreed to join Lincolnshire rivals Gainsborough Trinity.
Trinity spoke to Jones this week after lodging a seven-day approach for the former Corby Town and Deeping Rangers ace.
Pilgrims boss Graham Drury had hoped to keep Jones, who has scored 14 goals since joining from Corby last summer, and revealed the club offered him improved terms to remain at the Jakemans Stadium.
However, the 23-year-old is poised to leave Boston after, according to Drury, accepting an "unbelievable offer" to join the FA Trophy quarter-finalists.
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"We desperately wanted to keep Mark and in fact offered him more money to stay, but we were unable to compete with what was an unbelievable offer from Gainsborough," said Drury.
"We support the lad with the decision he has made, which is understandable given the fact he is not working away from football at the moment."
However, Trinity chairman Peter Swann insists he did not offer Jones, who has penned a contract until 2014, an 'exuberant amount of money' to join the Blues.
"Both Steve and I have spoken to him over the last few days and we have offered him a contract until 2014," said Swann.
"The club have not offered him an exuberant amount of money, just a good contract for a quality player.
"He is an excellent talent and one who would benefit from our current set-up of players and the way we are playing.
"We were able to give him such a contract because he was not on a contract at Boston and we did not have to pay them for him. We rate him highly and feel this is an investment for the club."
Jones is set for a quick reunion with his now former team-mates, with Boston due to visit the Northolme on Saturday, February 2.