Experienced left-back Dan Jones has left Hereford.

The 34-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves player joined the club last summer as their first close-season signing.

The ex-Port Vale and Chesterfield man has now been allowed to leave so he can be around his young family in Dublin.

Jones told Hereford’s website: “During the first lockdown, my wife gave birth to our son, who had a heart condition, and to cut a long story short, he had a couple of major operations and I just kept it under wraps. But he came through all of that, and then with the lockdown and with everything going on, my wife thought it was best to move back to Dublin to be next to her family, for the extra help and support.

“I stayed here and carried on training and playing; football was my release in a way and I put all my effort into playing. My son’s on a lot of medication, but day by day, he’s got stronger and stronger and he’s literally perfect now, I can’t believe how strong he is.

“I’m just delighted with him, he’s just come through everything leaps and bounds. But during the latest lockdown, I was just seeing my son on the videos my wife is sending me and I’m thinking ‘I’m missing this, I should be there with him.’

“Josh knew my son was poorly, I was going with my son for appointments and things, but I didn’t really let on how poorly he was. When I did tell Josh he was great and really supportive.

“I was really enjoying my football, I thought I was playing really well. Josh has been absolutely fantastic with me, he has said to me that the door is always open.

“I had a chat with all the boys before I left and I wished them all the best, they’ve been great too.”

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