Our latest lockdown interview sees us catching up with midfielder Henry Jones about his time with the Lakesiders, keeping in touch with his team mates and the remainder of the season.
Eight weeks have passed since we hosted Connah’s Quay at Maes Tegid so how much is Henry missing the football?
“I miss it a lot of course, it’s an unusual situation for all of us, it’s been a longer break than what normally the summer break is so we are missing it a lot but we have to get on with it and control what we can control which is being ready” he answered honestly.
The 2019/20 season to date has been quite the success for Jones who has contributed with 10 goals in all competitions as well notching up quite a few assists. Does he think that our attacking style of play this season has had an impact on his game personally?
“I always try to contribute going forward, I’ve got into double figures for goals and assists in every season I’ve been in the Cymru Premier and I’ve got there again this season with 20, but that’s what I’m there for.”
“Also Colin giving me the freedom going forward is massive in helping me get into areas of the pitch to score and create goals” Jones admitted.
“It’s been amazing, it’s a proper family club here. At clubs I’ve been at previously it’s been a sort of ‘us against them’ attitude with the players and the staff but it’s not like that here, we are all as one, we are all pointing in the same direction and when something goes wrong on the pitch everyone is accountable, we correct it and keep moving forward.”
He continued “I’ve got to say as well Nigel (Chief Executive) has been amazing, especially in these times he’s stuck by all of us and honoured our contracts in full even though we haven’t been able to train or play for the last month and a half, that says a lot about the club as a whole, it’s a very honest and loyal club and the faith he’s showed in all of us during these times won’t be forgotten and will be paid back.”
“In terms of what I’ve enjoyed the most for me it’s just been the freedom on the pitch to enjoy my football again and have the licence to express myself, I can hopefully add some silverware to that soon” Henry responded.
As the lockdown has been extended for a further three weeks here in Wales, it will be 12 weeks since the players last trained together so how is Henry keeping himself occupied during the lockdown aswell as keeping in touch with his team mates?
“I’m training hard to stay fit we all send runs in and have been given some programmes to do to stay fit.”
“We are all in constant contact with each other on our WhatsApp group and we have a team Zoom call twice a week so it hasn’t been a problem keeping in touch with each other” he added.
With Leagues in France, Holland, Gibraltar and Luxembourg bringing their season to an end, we are still uncertain whether football will restart here in Wales. With Town still in the running for a European spot, is Jones hopeful that we will play our remaining 6 games at some point and given the opportunity to achieve our Europa League dream?
“Hopefully we can finish it, we have had a good season so far but our success will be judged on what we achieve come the end of the season” Henry stated.
“But if they say it’s impossible to finish the season then hopefully they will see sense and award the top 4 in the league as it stands now European football.”
In closing, we asked Henry if he had a quick message for the Town faithful.
“We are missing the football just as much as our fans so my message to them would be to stay safe and see you soon” he concluded.