New Saints defender James Jones signs for National League North side Altrincham
Former The New Saints defender James Jones has completed his move to Evo-Stik side Altrincham FC after leaving the Welsh champions this summer.
The 20 year-old had been on the fringes of the Welsh Premier League champions’ first team, and made eight appearances for the club last season including a goal against Connah’s Quay, however he revealed on his Twitter that he had turned down a new contract at Park Hall in order to seek pastures new.
i wasnt released, i rejected a contract offer and left of my own accord👍
— James Jones (@jamesoliver_97) August 23, 2017
The defender had graduated through the academy system at the Oswestry based club and the Wrexham born youngster represented Wales at Under-19 representative level in 2014 along with fellow TNS graduates Andy Wycherley and James Papirnyk.
However, of the trio only goalkeeper Wycherley remains at the club, but has departed the club for Guilsfield on loan for the 2017/18 season, whilst Papirnyk is with Porthmadog.
And Jones has now found himself a new club after departing the club this summer.
Former manager Craig Harrison was disappointed with his departure this summer, after he came through their youth ranks.
“It’s been good to see James come through the system and play in the first team. He has had a decent run of games in the last four weeks of the season. I wish him all the best. I hope he goes on to enjoy his football and play at as high a level that he can.”
Jones has now linked up with Evo-Stik side Altrincham and made his debut for the Robins in their 1-0 win over Whitby Town.
The defender will now be hoping to break into the side during Phil Parkinson’s side’s season as he tries to make an impact in the non-league scene.