Blyth Spartans net former Gateshead defender Carl Jones

Carl Jones
Jones made 19 appearances for Gateshead last season

Blyth Spartans have signed defender Carl Jones following his release by Gateshead at the end of last season.

Jones, 24, made 19 league appearances for the Tynesiders in Blue Square Bet Premier last season, and can operate at centre-half or full-back.

"I'm delighted to have joined and I was really happy when the manager asked me to sign," Jones saidexternal-link.

"I met with the bosses not long after they had been appointed and was impressed with what they had to say."

Jones added: "Once I got back from my holidays and we started into pre-season training I was more than happy to get everything sorted and put pen to paper."

The former Chester-le-Street youth academy graduate is one of a string of new additions to the squad at Croft Park this summer following the appointment of Steve Cuggy as manager in May.

"I'm really pleased to get Carl, I think he'll prove to be an excellent acquisition," Cuggy said.

"He can see that there is a strong nucleus of a squad being created and he wanted to be part of it.

"The main body of the squad is almost in place and Carl was one of the pieces that we were conscious we needed."