Stones recapture Richard Jolly
Stones fans will be absolutely delighted at the re-signing of their favourite ‘old boy’ who provided a timely goal fest during his one month loan spell with the club last February that emphatically ended a rare goal drought with his parent club and rejuvenated Stones flagging season.
During that memorable month with Stones last season Jolly amassed an amazing 10 league goals in only 7 appearances, including 4 goals against Concord Rangers and a hat-trick against Maidstone United.
Jolly, 29, made his name at Wealdstone between 2003-2006 when he famously partnered Everton’s Jermaine Beckford, netting 107 times from a mere 165 appearances. The hotshot ‘fox in the box’ then went on to play for AFC Wimbledon, Aldershot and Carshalton Athletic, winning the Ryman
League Golden Boot award along the way. Locally based Jolly has signed a one year contract with a further year’s option.
Stones Manager Gordon Bartlett said: ‘ ‘Jolls contacted me immediately he left Sutton and expressed his interest to re join due to his job commitments and hopefully start enjoying his football again. After an initial chat about four weeks ago, we have sat back and kept our fingers crossed. We spoke again at the weekend and I’m delighted and I must say I’m still a little surprised that he signed on Tuesday night (21 June).After the excellent response to the 100/400 scheme a couple of seasons ago, I would like to thank the supporters who have supported this years initiative which has helped assist with the overall playing budget’
Richard Jolly said: ‘I’m absolutely over the moon to be returning to Wealdstone. I’m delighted to be returning to a club everyone knows I have a soft spot for and to also be linking up with Gordon (Bartlett) again. Once my availability was made public by Sutton United I had an overwhelming response from a host of clubs who made their interest known to me but I had one eye on this move and was hoping we could make this happen. I even contacted Gordon from the departures lounge at Malaga Airport when I found out I was being released. I knew, as did Gordon that there would be better financial packages being offered to me but as I’ve said before I’ve had enough of driving around the M25 chasing a few extra pounds and the prospect of returning to Wealdstone to hopefully see out my last few remaining seasons of football really appealed to me. I had a brilliant month here on loan last season and irrespective of the goals I scored I enjoyed the way the way the team played, the banter with the lads and even better it was 15 minutes from my doorstep. Gordon’s built a good squad with some exciting youngsters and a few older heads. Hopefully I can add a bit more experience which will help us challenge at the right end of the table. Gordon’s enthusiasm seems more potent than ever which helped me make this decision. A cheeky little
persuasive phone call from Lee Chappell also helped and tweets from Wes Parker! I’ve been lucky enough to earn some very decent contracts over the last six years which has given me a handy leg-up in life so this move isn’t all about the money like it has been in the past. I’m looking forward to
hopefully enjoying my football again and continuing on from the success I experienced with Sutton last season.’