Paceman Jones to meet chiefs over new deal
SIMON Jones will meet with Glamorgan chiefs after next week's YB40 final to discuss a possible new Twenty20 contract with the club.
The 2005 Ashes winner has announced that he will retire from first-class and List A cricket following the showpiece game at Lord's to concentrate fully on the Twenty20 format.
Jones has been plagued by injury in recent years and the 34-year-old is hoping by purely focusing on the short form of the game, he can prolong his career
"My current contract with Glamorgan finishes at the end of the season, so it's given me a chance to reflect on what I do next," said the Llanelli paceman. "I missed some games early season, so to come back in and be part of getting the team to Lord's has left me hungry to continue playing.
"The Yorkshire Bank 40 final is a fitting opportunity to stop playing the longer forms of the game and concentrate on t20 cricket where I know I can still be at my explosive best."
Glamorgan head of elite performance Matthew Mott believes the decision is a sensible one.
"It is a smart and well thought out decision and I am sure that a number teams around the world will be keen on him given his increased availability for t20 competitions," he said. "He is still in great shape and has the passion to keep playing and bowling quick for a few more years to come.
"Simon has shown great character and determination to keep pushing himself despite his time out of the game at Glamorgan. We wish him well in his endeavours to concentrate on t20 and thank him for his contribution both on and off the field. Hopefully he can sign off his one-day career with Glamorgan in a winning team at Lords."
Glamorgan chairman Barry O'Brien said: "Simon was not only an integral figure in England regaining the Ashes in 2005 but has had an outstanding career with Glamorgan.
"We respect Simon's decision and we are planning on meeting with him after the Yorkshire Bank 40 final to discuss his future t20 career."
Jones played 18 Tests for England, with his reverse swing a key weapon in the memorable series victory over the Aussies eight years ago. He is currently in his second spell with the Welsh county after stints at Worcestershire and Hampshire.