The New Saints Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of Curtis Jones, subject to international clearance.
The 20 year old defender has signed a professional contract with the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League Champions after impressing whilst training with Craig Harrison’s men.
Manchester-born Jones, started his career off at Stockport County before transferring to Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League Champions, Celtic FC.
Craig Harrison was delighted to have secured the services of the young defender, who has also spent time at Bristol City and Livingston and said, ‘Curtis is a young and enthusiastic lad who has had a bit of an unfortunate start to his career and he is still only 20 years old. He played at Stockport County FC and then he went to Celtic when he was only 16 years old. I don’t think he has had the opportunity to fulfil his potential and he has been a bit unlucky with injuries.’
Harrison added, ‘For a young lad he has got a really good pedigree and a lot of potential. A club like Celtic doesn’t pay money for you if you don’t have good potential. He has just been unlucky with a few injuries. He has trained with us for the last week or so and he has done more than enough in training for us to see that potential. He is a big strong lad but more importantly he is a good footballer. He fits in with the way we want to play, he is athletic, he is strong, he is good in the air and when he played for Celtic reserves squad he scored a lot of goals for them. He fits in well because he wants to play football, he is young and it gives the squad more competition. We have probably been light in defenders over the last season and we have been very fortunate that we haven’t had any big injuries to our defenders.’
The former Premier League defender also pointed out that Curtis is a hungry player that wants to succeed, ‘He is technically good enough to play as a defensive midfielder because he is very good on the ball, especially for a big athletic lad. He is a good build and I think just as importantly he is hungry to succeed. When you are dealing with young, hungry players you are always going to get the best out of them because they all have a point to prove and Curtis has a point to prove. He had started a potential big career at a huge club and he has been a bit unlucky. He now has a chance to be involved with a full time club again. He has got a battle on his hands because we have got a very good defence and some good players but it does no harm for us to bring some extra players in that area.’