Fall From Grace For Walsall Winger Who Snubbed Imps
Walsall loaned Jake Jones to Lincoln but he snubbed us for Tamworth FC and now finds himself farmed out on loan to Kings Lynn. However the ambitious club back from the dead, faced disappointment yesterday in the lucrative FA Cup when they lost 3-2 against Marine with ex-Imps cast-offs Mills, Duffy and Mulready in the side. Will the Linnets be in a position to fund his loan for the month let alone extend it and help him stat in the game?
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Jones, a left-winger, came through the Saddlers’ youth system and was given a one year pro-deal before earning a six-month extension. He played just three times for Walsall going on loan to local side Redditch United and then the those 13 appearances at the Imps. After a successful spell he verbally agreed to become Gary Simpson’s first signing, describing the move as ‘a no brainer’ but then joined The Lambs to the delight of manager Belford who said at the time:
“Jake is an exciting young talent and I am delighted he has agreed to join us. Lincoln thought he was going to sign for them and jumped the gun a bit. We had spoken to Jake and I was always keen to get him on board. He represents a real coup for this club. He’s a local lad who has been in and around the Walsall first team squad for couple of years now. He has featured for the first team several times so he has good experience for a young player. I think he’s someone our fans will enjoy watching. I think he will excite the fans. He is very quick and lively, left footed and likes to get forward as much as possible. I think, having been released by Walsall, he feels he has a point to prove next season. He wants to be playing regular football and wants a full season to show what he can do. I think it’s going to be a big year for him and I can’t wait to work with Jake.”
But after just three appearances for Tamworth, including a goal against Wrexham he is way down the pecking order behind Mark Wright and on-loan Port Vale attacker Ryan Lloyd. Jake, for all his promise, is now down to proving himself on-loan at Kings Lynn in the Northern Premier League, two further levels down the pyramid and desperate for a break. After Wright’s first start on his return from injury it is unlikely that Simmo will throw a lifeline to one who snubbed him after he had been prepared to give him a second chance? He did seem to get the best out of a lad who has undeniable ability, yet does not seem to be able to fit in for some reason or other.