Winger Craig Jones joined the Shakers for an undisclosed fee from Welsh Premier League side The New Saints (TNS) in August 2012. A winger that can operate on the left or right, Craig came to Gigg Lane with a reputation of scoring and creating goals. Voted into the Welsh Premier League Team of the Season on numerous occasions, Craig has also represented Wales at Under-23 at semi-pro level and has Champions League experience.
Over a four-year spell at TNS, Craig has made a total of 89 appearances, scoring 19 goals. His last game for The New Saints was in July 2012 where he started in the UEFA Champions League 2nd Qualifying round games against Swedish side Helsingborgs IF. Following his excellent progress over his first season, Craig was handed a new contract midway through last season signing a three-year deal. Manager David Flitcroft has played Craig in the right back role before now and is seen as a useful asset in both defence and midfield.