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Woking Lose Ugwu – But Jones Stays

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Striker Gozie Ugwu is back in the Football League after a successful campaign with Vanarama National League club Woking.

Ugwu scored 21 goals in forty-nine appearances for the Cards in 2016/17, and now the 24-year-old has signed a two-year contract with Chesterfield, who were relegated from Sky Bet League One at the end of the season.

Ugwu had two spells with Yeovil Town – once as a Reading loanee during the first half of the 2012/13 season, then as a permanent signing during the second half of the 2014/15 season shortly after he left Dunfermline.

After he was released by the Glovers in the summer of 2015, he spent a year with Wycombe Wanderers before dropping into the National League.

Last year’s spell with the Cards was his most prolific one and put that down to playing regular football.

Ugwu said upon signing: “I needed that opportunity to play regularly because I know I can score goals,” he said. “I’m quick, I can play with my back to goal and I like to feed off crosses. I know I’m not the finished product and I’m eager to learn and improve”.

Meanwhile, better new from Woking came when they announced that Joey Jones had signed a new deal.

Jones, 23, first signed for the Cards in July 2014, having enjoyed a successful loan spell at the club the previous season from Yeovil Town.

He started his career at Leicester City, aged 16, where he spent three years before joining Yeovil in June 2013.

The versatile player has played in both midfield and defence, and has made over 150 appearances in all competitions for Woking, scoring 12 goals including the club’s goal of the season earlier this year away to Forest Green Rovers with a spectacular long-range strike.

Jones commented: “Anthony is bringing a new philosophy to the club, there’s a big change, although I’m at the same club it feels like a different club in the sense that there’s a new manager in place, there’s new training, and I’m looking forward to it.

“Obviously, the fans will be here and they will be brilliant as usual again, and hopefully we can get loads of support this season and do something special.”

New boss Anthony Limbrick, on adding Jones to his squad, said: “We are really pleased to be signing Joey as he is a player with good experience at this level for such a young age. I feel he has plenty of development yet to come and with the extra training this coming season he will definitely benefit from this”.

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