STAGS RE-SIGN LUKE JONES
Jones returns to Mansfield
mansfieldtown.net, Fri 08 Jun 2012
Manager Paul Cox has today snapped up commanding centre-half Luke Jones on a free transfer from Kidderminster Harriers.
The 25-year-old joins us for a second spell after making 27 league appearances in the 2009/10 season.
Since then, the former-Blackburn Rovers trainee has been a regular for Forest Green Rovers and Kidderminster Harriers.
Manager Paul Cox told mansfieldtown.net: "We have watched Luke a number of times last season. He is a good all round solid defender who is strong in the air and in the tackle. He is a no-nonsense character who will add grit to our backline.
"Our 'goals for' column was excellent last season, but we need to improve on our 'goals against' if we are to go one better than last season. We will be working hard to bring in the right type of players to achieve this."
On his return, Jones said: "I am delighted to come back. I never really wanted to leave the club, so I'm relishing this return."
In other news, our pre-season friendly away to Worksop Town has been brought forward to Friday 20 July (7.45pm)
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Luke Jones will give Stags a deeper resolve, says boss Paul Cox
Saturday, June 09, 2012 Nottingham Post
PAUL Cox believes the capture of Luke Jones will help give his Mansfield Town defence the no-nonsense resolve it requires.
The Stags boss has swooped to sign the 25-year-old from Kidderminster Harriers and Stags fans will know him well from a spell with the club during the 2009/10 season.
Cox plans to add further steel to his backline, but for now he is delighted to build after seeing the Stags concede 48 goals last season, despite finishing third in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Cox said: "Luke is what I call a proper defender with a no-nonsense style of play.
"He is a very good defender, he does it all. He is strong in the air and strong in the tackle; he is an excellent organiser, a real competitor and a winner and that is the type of player I want in my team.
"What we need to do is improve on our goals conceded column and Luke will help us achieve that."
Cox is pleased with how his squad is shaping up, following the signing of midfielders Jamie Tolley and Chris Clements.
But he hopes to add quite a few more players in the coming weeks, with 'X Factor' strikers on his wish-list.
Cox added: "I am looking at forwards to bring in to help take the pressure of Matt Green in terms of goalscoring.
"You look at Fleetwood, who won the league last season, and that is where they had those X Factor players scoring the goals.
"Those are the players that win you games."