Sam Jones comments on move to Australia and lower league football since Leeds United release

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The League Two star is now in fine form with four goals in seven games for Grimsby Town.

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Former Leeds United youngster Sam Jones has been commenting on turning his career around, after falling out of love with the game after his release from Thorp Arch.

The 25-year-old from Barnsley was with Leeds from 2007, but was released by the West Yorkshire side in 2010 at 18-years-old.

The attacking midfielder had fallen out of love with football by the time he left Leeds and went to travel Australia working in a cheese factory for a period of time.

Upon his return to the UK he started playing non-league football and rediscovered his love for the game. He told The Sun:

"I decided to give it a rest after I left Leeds and travelled to Australia.

“I headed down the east coast, picking ginger for a while, and then moved down to Melbourne for four or five months where I worked in a cheese factory:

“When I came back in at a lower level, I found people who just allowed me to be me.

“It was not a great standard but I rediscovered my love for the game.”

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Jones, who played for Wales’ under-19s whilst a Leeds player, joined Retford United in 2014 before impressive spells at Heanor Town, Alfreton Town and Gateshead led him to a winter move to Grimsby Town of League Two.

He is now enjoying some fine form, scoring four goals in his first 12 appearances for the Mariners.

He will hope to continue proving Leeds wrong for letting him go in the weeks and months to come.

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