Welsh seam bowler Steffan Jones announced his retirement this week and then admitted not playing cricket for Glamorgan will always be one of his biggest regrets.
The 37-year-old is to hang up the bowling boots at the end of this season after deciding to turn his back on a three-year player-coach deal at Derbyshire to return to his family home in Somerset and take a teaching job at the prestigious Wellington School.
Jones has had two stints with Derbyshire as well as spells with Northamptonshire, Somerset and Kent, but never played first-class cricket for his native Glamorgan despite being on the staff as a youngster.
“It is a shame I never played for Glamorgan because you can’t get anyone more passionately Welsh than I am,” said Jones. “My first language is Welsh and I have never spoken English to my mother and father.
“I would have loved to play for Glamorgan, which is like representing Wales at cricket. I had gone through all the Wales age groups from 13 to 19 and graduated to Glamorgan Colts where I won the player of the year award.
“The natural progression would have been to go on to play for Glamorgan. But they wanted for me to decide between rugby and cricket, and I wouldn’t do that at that young an age because I was a rugby player back then.
“I went to University and I had a phone call from Alan Jones and John Derrick saying that my contract was not going to be renewed. I was a free agent and the rest is history.”
Jones was able to represent Wales against England in three one-day games in Cardiff which he rates as one of his career highlights. Playing at Sophia Gardens three years in a row for Wales against England was special,” he added.