County news October 28, 2013

No Glamorgan T20 deal for Jones

ESPNcricinfo staff

Simon Jones's prospects of extending his career in Twenty20 have been dealt a blow after he was not offered a contract for next season's NatWest T20 by Glamorgan.

Jones, the 34-year-old former England fast bowler, retired from first-class and List A cricket at the end of last season but hoped to play on in the shortest format. But in domestic cricket, his future will not be in Cardiff as new chief executive Hugh Morris revealed Jones would not be offered a deal for 2014.

Jones has now played his final game for his home county, which was the Yorkshire Bank 40 final in September, where Glamorgan lost to Nottinghamshire.

"I am bitterly disappointed that nothing has been offered," Jones said. "I am a local boy and I thought when I came back from Hampshire I would finish my career here. I felt I could have offered a lot more but it was not to be."

His cause was not helped by missing most of the 2013 T20 campaign with a shoulder injury but Jones hoped his form in the YB40, plus his potential in an ambassadorial or mentor role, would work in his favour.

"I have to take it on the chin and get on with my life and look to play over the Bridge," Jones said. "I am a strong character and wherever I go I will do my best.

"We have had quite a lot of interest and we will just have to see what offers come in and where that takes me. I still feel as if I have a couple of years left in me so wherever that might be I am willing to travel and relocate to continue playing the game I love.

"I just want to play because I have spent too many years rehabbing and being off the park. I still feel as if the body is ready for a couple of years and if I didn't I would hang up my boots. But compared to other 34-year-olds on the circuit my body is relatively young."

Jones, who has taken 43 T20 wickets at 21.46 with an economy rate of 7.43, also hopes to explore opportunities in global T20 leagues. Jones said he was "desperate" to be involved in the auction for the Bangladesh Premier League in December.

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