SIMON JONES JOINS GLAMORGAN ON NEW TWO-YEAR DEAL
The 2005 Ashes winner, from Llanelli, originally left the Dragons in 2007 to join Worcestershire. He signed for Hampshire in 2010 but returned to Glamorgan on loan earlier this year taking part in the Friends Life t20 and Clydesdale Bank40 campaigns.
During the t20 campaign, Jones put his past injury woes behind him by becoming one of only three county cricketers to hit bowling speeds of 94 m.p.h. He figured in ten t20 and three CB40 matches for Glamorgan and took 13 wickets during his six-week loan spell.
Simon, 32, says: “I’m really happy to return home and play for Glamorgan. This cricket club has played an integral role in my career and my life and I’m thrilled to be back to help achieve success with the club in the next two years and to play regular cricket. After four happy years over the border, there is no price tag on being nearer to family and coming home to Wales.
“It’s been a frustrating few seasons for me with injuries, but I’ve put this behind me and I’m thrilled to be moving on with my game. Also in the back of my mind, I haven’t given up on the dream of playing for England again. I’m confident that I still have the form that got me selected in the first place and prove some critics wrong.”
Colin Metson, Glamorgan’s Managing Director of Cricket, adds: “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.”
Simon, fiancée Justine and sons Harvey (4) and Charlie (3) have since left the South of England and returned to live in St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan. Simon and Justine are due to get married in December.