Jones signs up for third spell with Stags

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Mansfield Town today made their first summer signing with the return of popular centre-back Luke Jones for his third spell with the Stags.

The 27-year-old joins on a free transfer, having chosen to leave Stevenage at the end of last season and having even paid up part of his own contract to be able to make his return to Mansfield.

Jones will be fondly remembered by Stags’ supporters for the crucial role that he played during last year’s Conference championship season.

The centre-back contributed eight goals from 32 appearances that season, including winning goals against Woking and Tamworth in the latter stages of the campaign.

This will be his third spell with the club following a previous stint in the 2009/10 season.

Jones told the club’s website “I’m buzzing really and it’s brilliant to be back.

“I’ve got such fond memories of the place – especially the year that we won the championship, so I’m delighted to be back and raring to go.”

Meanwhile, manager Paul Cox added: “I was surprised to be able to capture him, but it’s a quality signing to the spine of our side.

“I didn’t really see this coming. He played about 30 times in League One last season. But I have a good relationship with him and have kept in touch.

“Stevenage wanted to keep him and Luke has had to pay a chunk of his own money to end his contract which shows his desire to come here and he needs to be applauded for that.”