Left-sided player Matt Jones has signed for the Seagulls from National League South side Hungerford Town.
Manager Scott Bartlett said:
We are delighted to bring Matt to Weston.
“He has been a consistent performer at this level and the one above for a number of years.
“There was competition for Matt because he is widely regarded as one of the best crossers of the ball, his delivery is exceptional and that was an area Lairdy and I identified as one we could improve in.
“He is predominantly a wide midfield player but can also operate as a full-back or wing-back which he did on a number of occasions for Hungerford so he provides us with plenty of options.
“As a character, he will fit into the group nicely and we are looking forward to working with him and welcoming him to the club properly.
“We are continuing to build and plan but we have to do it in a cautious way that protects the club.
“We have targets and have made contact but it’s important we understand the landscape of non-league football before making too many commitments.”
“I am delighted to have signed for such a great club.
“After chatting with the gaffer, I was excited to make the move and I just can’t wait to get started and join the lads ready for next season.
“I’m buzzing to get back playing and meet the fans and everyone at the club.
“We’ll hopefully have a successful season pushing for promotion and get the club back up to where it should be.”
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We are delighted to welcome Matt to the club and wish him all the best during this time with the Seagulls.
Jones started his career with Reading, leaving at the age of 10 and joining Swindon Town a year later.
He rose through the ranks at The Country Ground and signed a two-year scholarship in 2012.
He joined Southern League South & West side Swindon Supermarine on loan in March 2014 until the end of the season, assisting three goals in eight games as well as being an unused substitute four times before being recalled from his loan early for involvement with the Robins’ first team.
He signed his first professional contract with Swindon in the summer of 2014, and joined Southern League South & West side Wantage Town on loan for a month in August 2014. He scored three goals and assisted one in eight appearances.
Following his Wantage loan, he joined Southern League Premier Division club Chippenham Town on loan for a month in September 2014, making two appearances and being an unused substitute once.
Jones got his first taste of National League South football when joining Farnborough on loan in December 2014, which was extended for a second month in January 2015. With Spencer Day’s side, he made eight appearances and was an unused substitute twice.
Jones’ spell with his hometown club Swindon ended in the summer of 2015 upon the expiration of his contract, having made one appearance and been an unused substitute eight times.
He joined Southern League Premier side Chippenham Town in July 2015 after featuring on trial for Bath City, and went on to play a big part in the Bluebirds’ title triumph in 2016-2017. The youngster departed the club in the summer of 2017 having made 81 appearances and been an unused substitute 22 times, scoring seven goals and assisting 26.
Jones signed for Hellenic League Premier Division side Royal Wootton Basset Town in August 2017, appearing twice and scoring one goal.
He quickly moved on to Southern League South & West side Cirencester Town the same month, assisting six goals in 16 appearances.
His form for the Centurions attracted the attention of former loan club Farnborough in the Southern League Premier Division, signing for them in November 2017 and going on to make 20 appearances as he set up five goals for his team-mates.
Jones made the jump up to the National League South with Hungerford Town in the summer of 2018, becoming a key performer for the Crusaders as he made 68 appearances and named an unused substitute nine times across his two seasons at Bulpit Lane, scoring six goals and assisting seven.