Gainsborough Trinity striker Mark Jones scotches rumours and confirms Spalding move
Gainsborough Trinity striker Mark Jones will seal his move to Spalding United today.
Rumours flying around the non-league scene suggested the former Boston United man could be heading back to the Jakemans Stadium, or even to Mansfield Town.
However, the 24-year-old confirmed this morning that the Spalding deal will go through later today.
“The Mansfield thing is total rubbish,” he said. “Boston have contacted me and were interested, but it is very likely that the Spalding deal will happen today.
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“It’s a shame in a way because the lads at Gainsborough are great and manager Steve Housham is a top bloke. I have really enjoyed my time there. But Spalding were willing to put their offer on the table to break my contract and, at the end of the day, you want to play football.
“Yes, you want to play at the highest level possible, but I am not the sort of player to sit on the bench and take my wages. Spalding are doing very well, hopefully the season will end in promotion and I can work my way back up the football pyramid.
“I know some of the lads there so I should settle in well.”
Trinity boss Steve Housham will be sorry to see his striker leave the club. But with a serious offer coming in for the player, he says he had to think hard about accepting.
“We had a bid on the table and we had to take it seriously,” said Housham. “I had to take it to the board and I have spoken to Mark about it. Mark didn’t really want to drop down to that level, but I have loan players Conner Robinson and Rhys Oates and those two are my first choice strikers.
“I have nothing but praise for Mark, he works his socks off and he’s a great lad to have around the club, but the goals just haven’t come for him here. Sometimes I think he tried too hard, because he was so keen to do well for Gainsborough Trinity. The lad wants to play football and he’ll get that at Spalding”
Meanwhile Housham is still attempting to extend the loan of Rhys Oates after agreeing an extension with Lincoln City for Conner Robinson. Neither will be available for Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Rushall Olympic, while Sheffield Wednesday defender Taylor McKenzie is available to play.
Wide man Dan Clayton is cup tied after appearing in the competition while playing for Glasshoughton Welfare.