King's Lynn Town defender raring to get back as Linnets await National League North verdict
Defender Aaron Jones insists he is raring to go for King’s Lynn Town once the club are given the green light to resume training.
The coronavirus pandemic has seen football suspended since March – and there are fears that the top two levels of non-league football might not resume until 2021.
And Jones, who signed a new deal with the Linnets on Wednesday, admitted he is chomping at the bit to get back out on the pitch.
“I can’t wait to get to get back out there and I’m really missing all of the lads,” said Jones.
“You just miss being around the boys and playing football, it’s as simple as that.
“When it will be happen, who knows? It’s about sitting tight and making sure you’re ready for when we do get back.
“I still feel that the fans have yet to see the best of me and I’ve been working hard during this off period to try to help my game.
“I’ve moved back to my mum and dads. As well as helping my dad, I’ve been spending a lot of time strengthening my legs and working on some technical stuff.”
On signing a new deal, Jones, who was on the books of Ipswich Town as a youngster, said: “The club has been moving in the right direction for the last couple of years now and I just wanted to get it done.
“Since the Gaffer (Ian Culverhouse) came back it has just snowballed really and it was a no-brainer for me to sign again.
“They are a great bunch of lads at Lynn and I’ve loved every minute of my time at the club.
“There’s some real talent in the squad and there’s also a really good culture in the changing room.”
Jones spent ten years at Portman Road, the last two as an apprentice with the Tractorboys, where he featured in their reserve team as a right-back.
The Yarmouth-born full back, who has a degree in economics, joined the Linnets in 2018 after a playing stint in the United States.
Jones featured for Philidelphia Union in the MLS before being loaned out to Bethlehem Steel.
“I was in the States for quite a few years before making the transition over here,” said Jones.
“This is my first taste of English football at Conference level. I feel I know the level now and what’s required.”
Jones has made 71 appearances for the Linnets (13 as substitute), scoring two goals.
Lynn director of football Robbie Back said: “It goes without saying that Ian (Culverhouse), Paul (Bastock) and myself are delighted that Aaron has agreed to return to the football club.
“He is a great asset for us and we are all looking forward to working with him again when we can.
“As I said last week these are very unusual times for everyone, not least football clubs and in particular at The Walks, where we still find ourselves waiting for answers from the National League.
“However we are all of the opinion that we have to make plans for next season and that is why we felt it was important that we got Aaron on board and ready to go when the time arrives.”
The Linnets have been given fresh hope that they might be promoted to the top flight of the National League after the English Football League announced they would have promotion and relegation on Thursday.
An update from the National League, who were waiting to hear the EFL's plans, is expected later today (Friday) or early next week.