Rhyl FC
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The Lilywhites

Alex Jones hangs up his boots

11 January 2018

Rhyl FC pay tribute to midfielder Alex Jones who has announced his decision to stand down from the 1st team squad at Rhyl Football Club. Alex has taken this decision following a new job which means that he won’t be able to play on Saturday’s and represent the club. In making the announcement Alex commented on social media “many thanks to those who got behind me during my time with Rhyl FC, I really appreciate it and can’t thank you enough! Wish the club all the best for the future.”

Director of Football Mark Connolly was quick to pay tribute to the role of Alex Jones in the squad and added that he would be missed from the club commenting that "Alex has always worn his heart on his sleeve and has gone into every game giving 100% which as a player sets the tone for the rest of the team around him. His character around the dressing room will be missed, but I’m sure we will see him attending some games when he isn’t working."

Alex joined Rhyl in July 2016 from Prestatyn Town and made an immediate impact at Rhyl FC in his debut season in the Welsh Premier League. His attacking midfield skills came to the fore and he attracted national recognition with his man of the match performance against Airbus UK Broughton where he scored two goals in front of the live Sgorio cameras in early September. These performances led to him being awarded the Welsh Premier Player of the Month award for September. Alex maintained his all energy level of performances which saw him score another double from midfield away at Llandudno as the first phase came to an end. An injury saw his appearances curtailed in the second phase as Rhyl failed to pick up the points to survive. His overall contribution to the squad saw Alex voted as the Manager’s Player of the Year at the end of season club award night.

Alex committed to the Lilywhites for the 17/18 season by signing a contract until the summer of 2018, despite the teams relegation to the Huws Gray Alliance and he has made 10 starts this season for Rhyl in an injury hit season. Work commitments and injuries have restricted his appearances over recent weeks with his last appearance for Rhyl coming against Denbigh Town in early December.

Director of Football, Mark Connolly suggested that a replacement for Alex may be sought to maintain the level of competition in the 1st team squad at the moment as he seeks to further strengthen the squad.  He indicated that moving forward competition for places in the match day squad was important adding “in recent weeks the likes of Gerwyn Jones and Tom Walsh have yet to be able to return to the squad following recent holidays.  Myself and Matt have always put in place no one is guaranteed a starting place in this squad from day one, every player was told if you are away or miss training and someone else performs in that position its down to them to step thier game up and earn the right to play for this club. We tell the lads every week the importance of attending the weekly training sessions so they understand what we our trying to implement in this team. With the level of competition in the squad every player has to earn their place back in the 15 man squad rather than simply walk straight back in.”