David Artell says midfielder wanted fresh challenge after serving Crewe over extension period
Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell has told the club’s official website that he ‘fully understands’ James Jones’ decision to join Lincoln City to experience a fresh challenge. The former Scotland Under-21 International rejected Crewe’s offer of a new deal to sign for the Imps and although disappointed to see the long-serving midfielder depart on a free transfer, the Alex boss says that the 24 year-old goes with the club’s best wishes.
Jones, who made 185 appearances for the club after graduating from the club’s renowned Academy, has agreed a three-year-deal with Michael Appleton’s side.
Artell told Crewealex.net: “James was really honest with us throughout the talks we had and we spoke at length when we got together for the medal presentation.
“Although we are disappointed to see him leave, because we wanted to keep him, he goes with our best wishes.
“His football career could have been very different three years ago but it wasn’t and he has had to pick himself up and go again after some set-backs with injury.
“He is in good shape and he ended the season in the team. I’m sure he is ready for a new challenge away from Crewe Alexandra. He has been here from the age of seven and things can be different at different clubs.
“James is a terrific professional. He is tactically astute and Lincoln have got themselves a good player. He is a sensible lad and I am sure he is looking forward to a new challenge.
“He really goes with our best wishes.”