RELEGATION-haunted Frankwell's declining fortunes took another turn for the worse yesterday with the departure of former Crystal Palace striker Murray Jones. Twenty-four hours after losing a vital relegation match against Eastern 1-0 at the Shamshuipo Sports Ground, Frankwell were dealt another blow when Jones requested an early release to return to Britain. The 30-year-old Englishman is scheduled to leave the territory today. 'He has asked for permission to return back to Britain because his wife is there and misses him,' Frankwell manager Fung Siu-wai said. 'It doesn't mean that's the end of him here because he might return. At the moment, we have no plans to look for another foreign player to replace him,' he said. Jones served Frankwell from the start of the season notching a hat-trick in his club's 6-2 win over Club last September while playing his third First Division game. Jones, who played for English Premier League side Crystal Palace during the 1989-90 season, leaves the territory with five goals to his credit but he becomes the second key player to leave the club in two months. In February, attacking midfielder-striker Tim Bredbury left saying he wanted to play with a more ambitious club. The Hong Kong-born Bredbury subsequently signed with Instant-Dict where he is enjoying a new lease of life in the goal-scoring stakes. Frankwell have only won four matches this season in all competitions - two of them against already-relegated Club - but they have drawn against top company in South China, Uhlsport-Rangers, Golden (twice) and Instant-Dict. 'We still have two matches left in the league [against Sing Tao and Uhlsport-Rangers]. 'We also have two other cup competitions to play so we're not finished yet,' Fung said.