Boston United striker Mark Jones turns down switch to Corby Town
MARK Jones vowed to fight for his first-team place at Boston United after rejecting the chance to return to former club Corby Town.
The Steelmen approached the Pilgrims striker in the aftermath of Graham Drury's appointment as manager last month, but Jones insists he has no intention of leaving the Jakemans Stadium.
Jones is battling with Marc Newsham and Spencer Weir-Daley for a starting berth and was dropped to the bench for Saturday's Blue Square Bet North clash with Oxford City.
However, the 23-year-old responded in perfect fashion, scoring with his first touch after replacing Weir-Daley to make it 2-1.
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Jones then sealed victory with his 13th goal of the season with a classy finish deep into added time.
"I had a voicemail from them (Corby) asking me to give them a call," said Jones, who joined Boston from Corby last summer.
"But Boston is a great club and they've treated me well.
"I rang Graham straight away and asked if he knew anything about it because I'd not contacted them or anything.
"I told him I wanted to stay at the club. It's where I want to be this season. I want to stay and score more goals for Boston.
"It is tough to break into the team, but that's what you need. It's a team game.
"I came off the bench on Saturday and scored two. If Newsh or Spencer were on the bench, you would expect the same.
"They are top strikers and they've been pros for most of their careers.
"I've come up from the lower leagues so it's hard for me. But I'm willing to keep working hard and take my chances."
Having played under Drury at Corby, Jones is happy to be playing under the Boston manager once again.
"Graham brought me to Corby Town from Deeping Rangers last season," recalled Jones.
"Graham's a top bloke, he's a motivator and his man-management skills are second to none.
"He'll get the team going. We've set the bar now with our work-rate and that can't go down because if it does he will chop and change and bring people in.
"He's got into us and, to be honest, he needed to.
"He hasn't changed things around too much, but the lads have responded well."
Drury also appears to be happy with Jones and praised his striker following his brace against Oxford.
"That's the mark of a good player," said the United boss, whose side make the long trip to Workington on Saturday.
"He didn't drop his head after being left out of the side. His attitude is spot on.
"He wants to be in the starting 11. He came on to try and show that and he scored two goals. I know he's good enough."