Stamford skipper Jones joins Boston United

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Richard Jones. EMN-150408-115243001

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Stamford AFC captain Richard Jones left the club on Friday.

Jones had been named on the bench for his last two games at the club under new manager Andrew Wilson and he said it became obvious to him that he does not have a long term future at the Daniels.

Jones has followed former team mate Ryan Robbins in taking the step up to join Boston United in the Conference National League North.

He made his debut for The Pilgrims on Saturday in their 2-1 win against Alfreton Town where the winning goal was scored by former Daniels striker Robbins.

However Jones’ debut took a turn for the worse when he went down with a serious-looking knee injury off the ball which forced him to be carried off on a stretcher midway through the second half.

After the match Jones said he could bend the knee and the signs were hopeful that it was not a serious as first feared. The defender left the ground on crutches and the injury will be fully assessed this week.

Towering centre back Jones joined Stamford just over three years ago, signing for then manager Graham Drury for the 2012-13 season.

During his time at the club he led the side from the start, quickly establishing himself as a fan favourite, winning promotion into the Evo-Stik NPL in his first season, taking the club on their best FA Cup run in half a century and winning back-to-back Lincolnshire Senior Trophies.

However Stamford have undeniably struggled in defence this season, conceding more goals than any other side in the league, which has led to them dropping into the relegation zone.

Jones wrote on Twitter on Friday: “I leave with a heavy heart and it’s truly a sad day for me but I felt the time was right to go and I wish you all the best for the season.

“Thank you to everyone at Stamford AFC for some truly wonderful memories and for making this club feel like home to me, I’m forever grateful.

“Secondly I would like to thank the fans who have always been so brilliant with me and I hope I’ve repaid you with some good performances.”

Jones follows Ryan Robbins, Greg Smith and David Bell in leaving the club since manager David Staff left the club by mutual consent last month.