Date of birth
Now the clubs longest serving player and approaching 150 appearances for the club, winger Craig Jones joined the Shakers for an undisclosed fee from Welsh Premier League side The New Saints (TNS) in August 2012. A player that can operate on the left or right, Craig came to Gigg Lane with a reputation of scoring and creating goals. Voted, on numerous occasions, into the Welsh Premier League “Team of the Season”, 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 for TNS with his last game coming in July 2012 when 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 signing a three-year deal. Whilst now playing more predominantly as right back, Craig’s 2016-17 season was cut short by a serious thigh injury but he has returned for pre-season training in full fitness.