Callum Jones has revealed his feelings are “raw” at being released by Manchester Giants.

The Mancunian, who has played more games than anyone else for the club during their re-incarnation, was surprisingly let go in tandem with brother James and Latvian shooter Ingus Bankevics.

It came following a campaign where Giants failed to win a game and were primed to be under new ownership, with a group fronted by former BBL player Jamie Edwards at the helm.

Coach Danny Byrne claimed that it was not an easy decision but added: “at some point you have to make the decision to end one era and start a new one, and the coaching and management staff felt that now was that time.”

But Jones, an ever-present over eight seasons despite holding down a second job, revealed in a blog post that the decision had hit him hard.

“I am so sorry to see my time at the Manchester Giants come to an end,” he said. “I never thought I would play for the team forever, but I did think I would retire wearing the jersey.

“I was willing to return to the team irrespective of any remuneration and regardless of any role. I had been looking forward to helping the next stage any way I could. That’s exactly what connection I have had. I have to respect the club’s decision in this moment though.”

Jones confirmed he plans to continue his top-flight career if another team picks him up.

He added: “I am still very passionate about wanting to play for at least a couple more seasons in the BBL so am considering my options to do so alongside my career off the court and I am optimistic they can both still work.”

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