Jones: I’m just desperate to play

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Simon Jones admits he may have played his last game for Hampshire after sealing a loan move to Glamorgan.

This week the former England bowler joined his old county – initially on a month’s loan – after being deemed surplus to requirements at the Rose Bowl and becoming frustrated with his lack of first-team opportunities.

While the 32-year-old has not ruled out a return to the Rose Bowl and still has another year left on his contract, the Welshman is desperate to play cricket after his lengthy battle with injury.

And if that opportunity is not available at Hampshire, it seems it’s only fair that the Rose Bowl staff allow him out to play some cricket.

Jones said: ‘Glamorgan have come in for me and it is great to have the chance to play some t20 cricket and I hope to really do well.

‘Hampshire can call me back if they need me, so we are just going to play it by ear.

‘It is a new experience for me and Hampshire, and hopefully it will work for both of us. We are going to play it by ear for now and see how things go.

‘I just want to play cricket and we will reassess from there because I don’t look too far ahead these days.

‘I still have a year left on my contract with Hampshire.

‘I can’t over-emphasise how well Hampshire have treated me and it is quite a difficult scenario to be in.

‘Hampshire have been superb with me, with my training, and the lads are a brilliant and talented bunch.’

While Jones has impressed when he has bowled this season, he has often found himself as the odd man out for selection.

And while he understands the reasons behind his omission, he is keen to play.

He said: ‘I want to play cricket and I have not been getting the gig with the t20 format with Hampshire.

‘They have picked the side they feel will do the best in the competition and that is fair enough.

‘I just have to keep working hard.

‘Glamorgan approached Hampshire and things went from there.

‘Giles White (Hampshire manager) has had to do a lot of thinking about what he wanted to do.

‘He approached me with the scenario and asked me how I feel because this was the first time he had gone down this road.

‘I said I wanted to play cricket and that is what I am here to do at Glamorgan.

‘It is nice to be back in Wales and always great to be home.

‘Hopefully, I can grab the chance with both hands and do well.

‘Glamorgan was probably the only place I would come out on loan.

‘I did not want to leave Glamorgan in the first place when I did but it was just one of those things that we could not come to an agreement.

‘It will be an interesting month and hopefully a productive one.’