HAVING seen striker George Bugg move on from the Simarco Stadium last week, Witham Town manager Marc Benterman said it has been timely that he has managed to secure the loan signing of forward Ty-Rhys Paul Jones.

Paul Jones has joined Witham on a month's loan from Vanmarama National League South side Oxford City and the Town boss is pleased to have him on board.

He said: “Ty-Rhys has joined us on loan from Oxford City and it’s a timely move after seeing George Bugg move on.

“It came about through a contact of mine and he’s someone who has been at Grimsby and has played in Sweden before moving to Oxford, who are a step two side.

“He needs game time and we can give that to him.

“You could see when he came on at Dereham that he is a class striker and we’re grateful to have him with us for a month."

Bugg, meanwhile, has left Witham to join BetVictor Isthmian League division north side Brightlingsea Regent where he will be working under former Colchester United midfielder Kem Izzet, who has just taken over as R's manager.

Izzet was impressed by Bugg's form for Witham in the early part of the campaign when he had scored ten goals since signing in the summer from Walsham le Willows.

Benterman was sorry to see the striker move on, but said it was a switch that had been earned and showed that the club was doing well in developing young players.

He said: “George Bugg has taken the opportunity that came along because he thought it was right for him and rightly so.

“He’s earned the right as I think he’s the first player to have scored ten goals from open play for Witham for a number of years.

“So we won’t stand in players’ ways, but we do hope that it is the right move for them.

“You can’t blame George for this move, though, as he’s going to step three football and he has earned the right to show what he can do.

“He’s taken his chance and the club wish him all the best.

“But as a club, we can take a little bit of confidence from this because we have been doing well this season and that has allowed Buggy to shine."