England’s 2005 Ashes hero Simon Jones is being lined up to make a dramatic and imminent return to Glamorgan.
The Welsh county are being proactive in attempting to bring the 32-year-old back to the club he left in 2007.
Injury-prone Jones is being targeted for a permanent move from Hampshire at the end of the season, but talks are also in place about him returning to the SWALEC Stadium this month on a loan deal which would see him play for the Dragons in the Friends Life t20.
And Glamorgan have confirmed they are interested in Jones. In a statement, the club said: “Glamorgan Cricket can confirm that they have approached Hampshire County Cricket Club over a proposed loan move for Simon Jones.
“Although Hampshire have made it clear that the former Glamorgan and England fast bowler remains a large part of their future plans, discussions between both counties continue to take place and Glamorgan Cricket will make a further statement in due course.”
Jones is known to be frustrated about a lack of first-team opportunities at the Rose Bowl. He signed a three-year deal with Hampshire in 2009, but Glamorgan are ready to open negotiations about an early release from his contract.
After helping England regain the Ashes in 2005 with 18 wickets at an average of 21 in four matches, Jones left Glamorgan in 2007 to join Worcestershire on a two-year deal. He missed the whole of the 2009 season through injury and was released by Worcestershire in July of that year.
Jones joined Hampshire instead of returning to Glamorgan after preferring the type of contract they offered him. He played eight times for Hampshire last season – seven limited-overs and one first-class match at the end of the 2010 season when he took four for 60 against Warwickshire.
Jones starred in the West Indies for Hampshire in the Caribbean Twenty20 in January and finished as the competition’s joint leading wicket-taker. This season he has so far played one County Championship, five Clydesdale Bank 40 matches and a couple of Twenty20 Cup matches.
Jones was the last Glamorgan player to play Test cricket for England, with his last match six years ago against Australia at Trent Bridge.
A catalogue of serious knee injuries have blighted his career. Indeed, since making his debut for Glamorgan as a teenager in 1998 he has made only 90 first-class appearances.
Jones last week vented his frustrations about his lack of first-team opportunities at Hampshire. “I’ve found it hard,” he admitted. “Sometimes you do what’s best for the team. I want to be playing.
“T20 is a great format and I feel like I can be of use, so hopefully I’ve made some impact. It’s just one of those things. You have to keep plugging away, keep doing the right things and keep your chin up.”