Glamorgan bowler Simon Jones has told ITVWales News he hopes to take on a coaching role at the county when he retiresfrom the game.
The 33 year old, who returned to the countythat gave him his first break in 1998 has been warmly welcomed back to strengthena Glamorgan side that failed to make a meaningful impression on any form of the game in2011.
Despite learning his trade at the countythe former England paceman says his role is now very different from the one heleft, taking on the task of mentor to the club’s up and coming talent. And that is something he hopes he cancontinue when his playing days are over.
“I’d love to get involved. Obviouslycricket has been my life and to stay in it would be wonderful.
“I really enjoy working with the youngerlads and I’d like to help them as much as I can because I was lucky when I camethrough we had people like Waqar Younis and Steve Watkin. You don’t get biggernames than them in Glamorgan and sometimes in the world even.”
After spending a month on loan with Glamorgan last season Jones was given a taste of the warmreception he can expect when he re-takes the field next month.
And he says returning full time, after fouryears away, has been a “special” moment in his career, and a move he hopes willadd much need boost to Welsh cricket.
“It’s huge. It’s huge for my family aswell. I was away for four years, two years at Worcester and two years at Hampshire and theylooked after me wonderfully well. But to come back to Wales is special.”
Since leaving Glamorgan in 2007 the formerEngland paceman has seen no let-up in the injury problems that have plagued hiscareer, with major surgery needed again in 2010.
This year though he says he’s going into aseason with a new found optimism and confidence in his body that he hopes willsee him regularly back in the wickets.
“I feel great.
“When I had the operation two years ago Andrew Williams, my surgeon in London said that it’s going to take two yearsfor the bone to mature and that’s what’s happened.
“It’s as good as it’s felt in a long, longtime, which is really exciting for me because I’ve had a tough, tough fouryears really.
“It’s time for me to deliver”.