King's Lynn defender set for appearance milestone for Woking visit
Defender Aaron Jones is desperate to mark a milestone appearance with three points when King’s Lynn Town face Woking this weekend.
Jones arrived at The Walks in the summer of 2018 and is in line to play his 100th game for the Linnets in another crunch clash against the Cards.
The right-back, who helps run the family-owned Pleasure Beach at Yarmouth, is prepared for another rollercoaster of a ride as relegation-threatened Lynn look to pull off the great escape between now and the end of the campaign.
Jones said: “The spirit within the group is very positive and competitive. The new manager has come in, along with two very good coaches, and brought some fresh ideas to the club.
“The gaffer is very black and white, and all the players know exactly what is required to get in his team.
“There is a genuine belief within the group that we can stay up and we will be doing everything in our power to make that happen.
“It’s vital that the club retains its status at this level and the players really want to give the fans something to cheer about after a year where results and performances have not been good enough.
“I think the fans will have seen over the last three league games that performances are improving and the players are more than up for the fight. We will give it our all.”
Yarmouth-born Jones, who made his Lynn debut in the 1-0 Southern League Central win at Tamworth, will become one of few players to join the ‘100 Club’ in recent years and is proud of the personal achievement.
Jones – who was handed the captain’s armband in the absence of Michael Clunan at Chesterfield last weekend – said: “If selected, it will be my 100th game for Lynn and a huge honour to have worn the shirt over the past three-and-a-half seasons.
“I feel proud to have been involved in such a successful period of King’s Lynn history and to have met so many amazing people during my time with the club.
“It’s been one hell of a ride and there is never a boring week playing for this football club.”
The 27-year-old admitted it was an honour to lead the side against the National League leaders.
“I learnt I would captain the side about 10 minutes before kick-off,” he said.
“The gaffer came over and passed me the armband, I shook his hand and was obviously delighted.
“Mike (Clunan) is a fantastic captain and really leads by example so for me it was about trying to lead the boys in the best way possible in his absence.
“I’m sure he will be back this weekend and I’ll happily pass the armband back to him, although I’m not sure it will fit him anymore.”
It has been far from plain-sailing for the former Ipswich Town youngster in the past year after rupturing his Achilles tendon and twice testing positive with Covid during successive festive periods.
“Any footballer will tell you that injuries are by far the worst part of the industry. Especially when you have a bad one and you know you are going to be out for a long while,” said Jones.
“For me when I ruptured my Achilles in training, I knew straight away the severity of what I had done and that I was likely to be out for between six and nine months.
“It’s mentally very tough but one thing it does is makes you appreciate the periods when you are healthy and able to train every day and do what you love.
“I was fortunate that I had a top surgeon, and my rehab went well, I was back training within six months, and it feels great to be back out on the pitch with the boys.
“It will feel even better when we start climbing the table after a few wins.”