New boy Mark Jones enthused by quality of Boston United squad
Boston United's new targetman Mark Jones says the quality of Jason Lee's squad convinced him to join the Pilgrims.
United held off competition from a string of other non-league clubs to secure the Corby marksman.
The 22-year-old scored five goals in 15 games for the Steelmen in the second half of last season, writes Mark Whiley.
Jones joined Graham Drury's Corby after plundering for 25 goals in 25 games for United Counties League side Deeping Rangers.
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But Drury's departure saw him ponder his future at Steel Park, with Lee winning the race for his signature.
"Jason called me about three weeks ago and said he was interested in me," explained Jones.
"I wasn't looking to move, but with the manager leaving, I wanted to see who would come in and what players would come in.
"But Jason made a move to sign me and my mind was made up.
"Boston have got some great players and it will be great to work under someone like Jason.
"He's been there and done it. He's played for clubs like Forest, Posh and Notts County.
"I should learn lots from him and I can't wait to get going.
"Boston are a big club for this level and they've got a great stadium. That was also an attraction."
Jones's exploits for Deeping landed him a trial at League Two Crewe midway through last season.
The highly-rated striker trained with the first team at Gresty Road and played in several reserve games, impressing then manager Dario Gradi
However, Crewe's interest cooled when Gradi became director of football in November and Steve Davis stepped in to become manager.
"I went and trained with Crewe four of five times and I don't think I looked out of place," added Jones, who has also played for Blackstones and Peterborough Northern Star.
"I played in a few reserve games against some top players and the chief scout, who is now assistant manager (Neil Baker), told me I'd done well.
"I then went to Corby and I was supposed to have been watched (by Crewe), but the manager (Drury) left me on the bench for some reason.
"But it was a good experience and my aim is to reach the Football League one day."
But first Jones wants to help Boston challenge for the play-offs in Blue Square Bet North.
And with the squad close to being assembled, the former Nottingham Forest youngster is confident the Pilgrims will improve on a disappointing 2011/12 campaign.
"I don't see why we can't challenge," added Jones.
"The key is to build a good team spirit and a winning mentality.
"If we have a good pre-season and build that mentality and team spirit, there's no reason why we can't have a good season."
Jones became United's second signing of the summer after keeper Dan Haystead rejoined the club.
Boston are still waiting to see if midfielder Danny Sleath and striker Ben Fairclough will sign their new contracts.