Jones joins Hampshire
Injury-plagued paceman inks three-year deal on the south coast
Last Updated: 13/10/09 8:22pm
Jones: Hampshire move
Simon Jones has signed for Hampshire on a three-year contract.
"I feel that the Rose Bowl is a venue and a club where I can re-ignite my cricketing ambitions and at the same time, bring home some silverware and success to such a forward thinking club."
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The fast bowler was released by Worcestershire at the end of last season having missed the entire 2009 campaign following knee surgery.
Jones, 30, played 18 Tests for England from 2002-2005 but his career has since been derailed by a succession of knee problems.
His deal with Hampshire offers a fixed standard wage plus significant 'pay-as-you-play' clauses.
"I am delighted to have signed for Hampshire," Jones told the county's official website.
"I feel that the Rose Bowl is a venue and a club where I can re-ignite my cricketing ambitions and at the same time, bring home some silverware and success to such a forward thinking club.
"I look forward to meeting all the guys and hopefully adding to the superb talent that is already here"
Hampshire first team manager Giles White added: "Obviously we are very excited to have signed Simon.
"He knows he has a hard winter ahead in terms of rehab to get his career back on track but, he is a proven performer at both domestic and international level and I'm sure he will prove to be a great signing for the club."
Jones has shown glimpses of his wicket-taking ability since he last pulled on an England shirt, taking 42 wickets at an average of just 18.02 to help secure Worcestershire's promotion to the top flight of the championship in 2008.
He followed that up by spending the entirety of last season in the treatment room, though, and Hampshire have insured against a repeat of that by factoring a performance-related aspect to his playing deal.
Jones had been linked with a return to first county Glamorgan but chairman Paul Russell admitted defeat last week despite saying he felt a return to Wales seemed "natural" for the paceman.