The New Saints Football Club has completed the signing of Chris Jones.
The former Swansea City winger spent last season with The Saints and after prolonged negotiations, the Welshman has agreed to put pen to paper.
Having been part of the squad that won the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League Champions by a record points margin, Chris has settled back in straight away, ‘I knew all the lads after last season and have settled back in with no problem whatsoever. I am really happy to be back and excited for the new season.’
Jones will wear the number 21 shirt this season and expressed his desire at doing well this season, ‘I really want to push on this year and firmly believe that the club and I can build on what we achieved last season.’
Craig Harrison was delighted with the signing and said, ‘Chris is a fantastic re signing and he started 32 of the 34 League games last season. He was clearly an important part of the successful squad. Unfortunately he missed the two Champions League games and with Jamie Mullan and Ryan Fraughan performing well, with the latter scoring a goal and Jamie putting in a very disciplined and energetic performance for the team, there is going to be fantastic competition for the two wide positions, with three fantastic players.’
Harrison went on to add that, ‘The signing of Chris will add great competition to the squad as well as the starting eleven. It’s now in three player’s hands for the two wide positions. I suppose whoever works the hardest and puts the best performances in will be in the team, with whoever finding themselves out of it, will be putting severe pressure on the starting eleven.’
The former Middlesbrough man was also keen to express that, ‘With the wide positions being strengthened, I am also in a fantastic position by having great competition throughout the team. All of the players have worked hard since starting back on the third of July and after performing wonderfully well in the Champions League, they have had a short break to recharge their batteries. However, now its back to 100% concentration on defending our League title and all of my players now realise the competitions for places throughout the whole squad. By having a such a strong squad, nobody is guaranteed to be in the team.’
Chris will go straight into the squad for the friendly away at Middlesbrough tomorrow.