County news October 7, 2009

Simon Jones signs for Hampshire

George Dobell

Former England fast bowler Simon Jones has signed for Hampshire on a three-year deal.

Jones, who was released by Worcestershire after his knee injury prevented him from bowling a ball in 2009, was also offered a contract at his former club Glamorgan.

He has managed only 14 first-class games in the last four seasons but showed during 2008 - when he claimed 42 first-class wickets at 18 apiece - that he remains a fine bowler when fit.

Last month Glamorgan emerged as the front runner to re-sign Jones, and Matthew Maynard, their director of cricket, could not hide his disappointment. "If he had those intentions [of going to Hampshire] then he should have expressed them slightly earlier," he said. "I've left a lot of the negotiations to the chairman although I did speak to Simon and his agent and one of the major concerns was that he would have to do the same fitness test as the rest of the players.

"That's obviously an issue. I don't know whether Simon doesn't believe he can get through it but that is his choice. It would have been great to have Simon back but if he doesn't want to come back there isn't much we can do."