GRAHAM Jones marked the end of his playing career by helping Caersws win the Central Wales Cup on Friday.

The 42 year old originally arrived at the club from Cammel Laird in 2002 and made 228 top flight appearances including a brief spell at Newtown in 2008.

However Jones soon returned to Caersws and continued to represent the villagers following relegation from the Welsh Premier in 2010.

Manager Graham Evans paid tribute to his former team-mates.

“The cup win was a fitting end to Graham’s playing career and will be a big loss,” said Evans. “We became great friends over the 17 years and I’ll certainly miss not having his wisdom, knowledge and loyalty in the dressing room and on the pitch.

“Jonesy’s loyalty and passion for the club has been second to none since joining in 2001 and we all remember him playing an integral part in us securing our European Intertoto Cup place against Bulgarian side Marek Dupnitsa in 2003.

“He has been a great clubman, leader and captain.”

Evans praised Jones’ commitment having battled back from a knee cruciate injury to return this season.

“He was adamant injury would finish his career and worked hard on his recovery,” said Evans.

“I know Jonesy is touched and grateful by all the good wishes and comments from players, fans and opponents, both past and present, since his announcement.

“Everyone at Caersws Football Club is so grateful for what Graham has given the club over the years and wish him the very best for the future.”