Jones relishes the battles of the National League North with Boston United

Richard Jones.
Richard Jones.

Richard Jones says he is ready to battle for a bright future at Boston United.

The central defender made his Pilgrims debut during Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Alfreton Town, following last week’s switch from Stamford.

Richard Jones.

Richard Jones.

The 27-year-old - the brother of United striker Mark Jones - left the Jakemans Stadium on crutches following a freak knee injury in the 69th minute.

But after getting his first taste of National League North action, Jones says the physical nature of the division will only bring out the best in him when he returns to full fitness.

“I’m a big boy myself and I can win some headers,” said Jones, who joined the club as midfielder Jay Dowie exited to join National League South Concord Rangers.

“I did feel quite comfortable out there. The game is quicker, I’m not going to lie, I do need to step up my fitness work.

“But I’m hoping to make an impression and maybe be here for a few years.

“I love the battles, winning my headers is what I’m best at.”

Former United managers Jason Lee and Graham Drury had both tracked Jones before, but this was the first official approach he had received from the Pilgrims.

And Dennis Greene, the former St Neots and Histon manager, finally got his man after previous attempts to snap up the defender.

“I can’t turn this opportunity down,” Jones added.

“I want to cement a place, I want to play football.

“Dennis tried to sign me a few times in the past and I’ve declined, but with him being at Boston I couldn’t say no.”