Jones adamant that Boston United’s strike partnership will flourish again

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Mark Jones is a officially Boston United player again - and he wants to celebrate by enjoying his most prolific season in an amber and black shirt.

After his Spalding Unitedcontract came to an end last month, his pre-contract agreement with Boston kicked in.

“It does feel good to be a Boston player again,” Jones said. “I’ve always enjoyed it at the club and it brings the best out in me.

“I think it’s the professionalism of the club that does that.

“Look at the fanbase, we have good support at our home games and they travel to support you away as well.

“That gives you a boost. They work all week to earn their money to pay to watch you play and you don’t want to disappoint them.

“But there’s a lot more to the club too, the way it’s run, training, the quality of the squad and the other things like getting a decent coach for away matches.”

Jones netted 14 goals in 29 appearances during his first spell at York Street in the 2012-13 campaign, and now he is looking to break the 20-goal mark for the first time with United.

“In my first spell with Boston I had a good pre-season and scored 14 goals by Christmas,” he added.

“I don’t have a target really, but all strikers look to try to get 20 goals a season.”

Jones and strike partner Dayle Southwell netted 41 goals between them last season, despite the duo ending the campaign carrying painful injuries.

But with Jones hoping his back problems have left him and Southwell recovering from a hernia operation, an even more fruitful campaign could be on the cards.

“I’m very much looking forward to it,” Jones added.

“If me and Dayle can get fit in pre-season and grab ourselves a couple of goals each then I don’t see why we can’t pick up where we left off.

“We know what Dayle can do, he’ll score goals.

“He got 30 goals last season and doesn’t have anything to prove. I’m pretty sure he’ll score goals again this year.”

Perhaps it is no surprise that Jones’ two spells at Boston have seen him score regularly under two managers who played as strikers throughout their careers, even if you couldn’t meet more contrasting characters.

It was Jason Lee who originally brought the forward to the club, and current boss Dennis Greene who gave him his second bite of the cherry last season.

“Jason and Dennis are very different people,” Jones continued.

“Jason was always training with us, playing with us in six-a-sides and things like that.

“I learnt a lot from his as a manager.

“With Dennis it’s different.

“He’s very relaxed and that makes you feel relaxed as well. It takes the pressure off.

“Dennis is a very good man-manager who can get you playing well.

“If you’re not performing he isn’t afraid to tell you, but once he’s said his piece that’s it and you move on and look to the next game.”