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Mark Jones may make first appearance for Gainsborough Trinity against Bradford

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

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Gainsborough Trinity fans could get their first look at new signing Mark Jones sooner than they thought.

The striker is set to be involved in Trinity's Blue Square Bet North clash with Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday after a bizarre set of circumstances meant the team's scheduled FA Trophy tie was put back until next Tuesday.

But Trinity's hastily arranged league fixture this weekend has been welcomed by Trinity boss Housham, who says it will give him an opportunity to unleash his new acquisition from county rivals Boston United.

"Mark will be in the squad, but that's all I will say," said Housham.

"With such a big game coming up next Tuesday, the FA Trophy quarter-final, there may be a case to save a couple and keep them fresh for that game.

"Mark is not able to play for us in the FA Trophy games, so he comes into contention for a place in the squad this Saturday.

"The league is our priority. We want three points and we want to get through the game on Saturday with no injuries.

"We won the game away at Bradford 2-0, but that score flattered us."

New signing Jones is looking forward getting his Trinity career up and running after his move from the Jakemans Stadium caused a stir in non-league circles.

Pilgrims boss Graham Drury said Jones' switch to Gainsborough was down to financial reasons and "an unbelievable offer", but Jones, who has hit 14 goals for Boston this season, revealed it was the security of having a contract and not the size of the wage packet that was the deciding factor.

Trinity boss Housham, with the backing of chairman Peter Swann, offered the 23-year-old a deal until the end of the 2013/14 season.

"The offer of a contract and the security that comes with it was the main reason for my decision," added Jones.

"Boston were not able to give me a contract or were not prepared to.

"There has been a lot said about the move coming about because it was a massive offer, but that has been blown out of proportion.

"It is just a normal amount, not much more than I was on at Boston, but the idea of having a contract was the deciding factor."

"To be fair, Graham Drury has been great with me since he came to Boston.

"He fought all he could to keep me, even going as far as offering me an improved wage using his own money.

"I enjoyed my time at Boston and I made some good friends there. The Boston fans were always excellent with me and I have received some great comments from them, even since my move to Trinity.

"But now I have moved on and I just want to score goals for Gainsborough Trinity.

"The lads here have made me feel welcome and I am looking forward to getting started."

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