County news October 19, 2011

Simon Jones returns to Glamorgan

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fast bowler Simon Jones will return to Glamorgan next season after signing a two-year deal with the county. Jones heads back to Glamorgan, for whom he first signed as a 16 year old in 1998, after spending the last two seasons with Hampshire.

Jones had spent part of the 2011 summer on loan to Glamorgan. During a six-week spell with them he played in 10 Friends Life t20 games and three CB40 matches, taking 13 wickets.

"I've got very mixed emotions on leaving The Rose Bowl," said Jones, whose time with Hampshire was hampered by a long-term injury. "I mean, what a place to play your cricket. It's not just the surroundings or the playing area, it's everything that is the Rose Bowl; the office staff, supporters, playing staff and ground staff - they all have special memories for me.

"It's only been two years, but I feel I settled in and thoroughly enjoyed my time. Rod Bransgrove is a special human being, whom I have immense respect and admiration for, especially for his love of the game and all he gave to bring Test cricket to the south. I feel sad to leave but need to be playing and not spectating.

"Giles White has been a wonderful support to me always and I am grateful to him. To the lads I say good luck, enjoy and have lots of success. Hopefully I'll see them next season."

"It has been a pleasure to have Simon with us over the last two years," said Hampshire manager Giles White. "He has been a model professional and shown a fantastic attitude in all that he has done. We will be sad to see Simon and the family leave but understand the obvious attraction of a return to Cardiff and wish them well in the future."

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