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Steffan Jones

Steffan Jones

Fast bowler Steffan Jones has rejoined former county Somerset after rejecting a new two-year deal with Derbyshire.

Jones took 59 first-class wickets in 2006 but has made what he calls the 'hardest decision of my life' for family reasons and signed a thre-year contract with the Taunton club.

The 32-year-old said: “I have had many sleepless nights in recent weeks over this decision and I have to point out that it is for purely family reasons.

“My wife Alex is expecting our first child this autumn and she is from Taunton and all her family are based there and my family are obviously a lot closer in South Wales.

“Derbyshire have been tremendous and incredibly understanding about this, they made me a great offer to stay and if it was down to a purely cricketing decision I would love to see out my career with Derbyshire.

“Everyone at the club has been hugely supportive since I joined and that has shown in my cricket, I have been really happy here and loved working with Dave Houghton and Mike Hendrick.

“I genuinely believe that Derbyshire are developing into a real force and there is a lot of talent in the squad and coming through the Academy.”

“Sometimes though you have to look at the bigger picture, do what is right for my family and put them first”

Derbyshire chief executive Tom Sears said: “We are obviously bitterly disappointed to be losing Steff after having such a superb impact this year.

“I know both him and Alex have found this a very difficult decision to make and we have tried everything to persuade him to stay but we can fully understand his reasons.”

Derbyshire director of cricket Dave Houghton said: ‘It is a great shame to be losing a player of Steff’s calibre and he will be hard to replace but we have a number of young seamers coming through and we are also looking at some new blood coming in to the squad.”

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