Glamorgan bid to extend Jones’s loan spell

As Simon Jones’s loan spell with Glamorgan comes to an end the club are endeavouring to extend his stay at the Swalec Stadium.

Glamorgan coach Matthew Mott has said he would be interested in opening discussions with Hampshire in a bid to keep the 2005 Ashes hero on for more than just the original month.

Not only has 32-year-old Jones been an asset on the field during Glamorgan’s albeit indifferent Friends Life t20 campaign, but Mott has been impressed with the influence he has had on the county’s young battery of seam bowlers.

“We haven’t spoken again to Hampshire but we’ve been delighted with what Simon has brought to the side,” said Mott. “We’d like to extend the loan period but it’s up to Hampshire.

“They’ve been very generous to us allowing him to come to us for the month and they’ve got their own campaign to think about. They are right up there in the mix so I’d imagine they want him around, but if they don’t then we might be able to talk.

“Simon’s a role model for a lot of the young Welsh bowlers and it’s no coincidence that they’ve come in and done well when he’s been in the side. They’ve fed off him and he has bowled with good pace and aggression and is the ultimate professional, so it’s been good to have him around.”

Glamorgan’s managing director of cricket Colin Metson has kept his cards close to his chest when asked about Jones’s possible short-term future. He would only say that he wanted to have the best Welsh talent at the county.

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