Jones seals Glamorgan return
Glamorgan have confirmed fast bowler Simon Jones has returned to the club on a two-year deal.
The 32-year-old Swansea-born paceman, who played a key role as England reclaimed the Ashes in 2005, has seen his career plagued by injuries.
However, after returning to Glamorgan, whom he left for Worcestershire in 2007, on loan from Hampshire last summer, he featured in 10 Friends Life t20 fixtures and three Clydesdale Bank 40 matches.
Having now agreed a permanent move back to the SWALEC Stadium, Jones is eager to make an impression when the new domestic season begins next April.
“It’s been four years since I left. I didn’t want to leave in the first place, but you have to go where the cricket is and where the work is and that’s what happened,” Jones told ecb.co.uk.
“I had a six-week stint last year because Hampshire let me go for a loan period. It went really well and it felt as if I’d never been away, so to be signing for Glamorgan again is massive.
“I’ve had a chat with Matthew Mott, the coach, and I really like his ideas and I really like his ideas for me. I was really impressed by him, so it wasn’t a hard decision in the end.
“I always found it tough playing against Glamorgan when I was at Worcestershire and Hampshire, because obviously I grew up with the boys, but, at the same time, I wanted to do well against them and prove a point. To be back in the ranks is great.”
Jones, who has featured in 18 Tests and eight one-day internationals for England, admits his primary focus will be on limited-overs cricket.
“I just want to play in every one-day game there is and kick on from there,” he explained.
“I’m concentrating on one-day stuff at the moment and if the body is feeling good and up to it I might give the four-day stuff a crack. Matthew Mott is thinking more along the one-day lines, so that suits me down to the ground. There’s a lot of games to play and I’m just dying to get out on the park and get the red shirt back on.
“Last year my body felt good and I was back bowling quickly so hopefully next year and the year after I can kick on again. I want to go out on a high and finish my playing days at Glamorgan, that would be great.”
Glamorgan managing director of cricket Colin Metson added: “We’re thrilled to have Simon Jones back on board with us at Glamorgan Cricket. He impressed us all both on and off the field when he returned during a brief loan spell earlier this season and we’re delighted that he is now a permanent fixture here at the SWALEC Stadium.”