Simon Jones joins Glamorgan on loan from Hampshire

Simon Jones
Jones topped England's bowling averages in the 2005 Ashes

Glamorgan have confirmed the signing of former England paceman Simon Jones on loan from Hampshire.

The 32-year-old bowler has penned a one-month deal to return to the county where he started his career in 1998.

He said: "It's nice to be back in Wales and always nice to be home. Now I want to do my best for Glamorgan."

Jones, who starred in England's 2005 Ashes win, left Glamorgan in 2007 and has 18 months remaining on his contract at the Rose Bowl.

He could now make his debut for the Dragons in their FL t20 clash with Essex Eagles at the Swalec Stadium on Tuesday night, if the ECB confirm the move on Monday.

The Welsh county admitted in a statement that Hampshire "have made it clear" that Jones, who topped England's bowling averages in their 2005 Ashes triumph over Australia, "remains a large part of their future plans".

Before the loan was confirmed Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove insisted Jones "is going to be a Hampshire player for at least another year. He is contracted to us".

The Llanelli-raised fast bowler, who made his Glamorgan debut aged 19, recently bemoaned his lack of games at Hampshire, having played just one County Championship and five CB40 matches for the county this season.

The 6ft 3in fast bowler, who played the last of his 18 England Tests in the fourth game of the 2005 Ashes series, has played twice in this season's Twenty20 competition, taking three wickets in five overs.

In the six balls that he was permitted in a rain-hit five-over win over Kent, Jones went for only two runs and took two wickets.

He then took one wicket, coincidentally against Glamorgan, as T20 champions Hampshire beat his old side at The Rose Bowl.

Three of Glamorgan's bowling attack are currently injured as main strike bowler James Harris is suffering from a knee injury, while Huw Waters and Adam Shantry are recovering from knocks.

Glamorgan tried to persuade Jones to return in 2009 when the injury-prone seamer left Worcestershire to join Hampshire on an appearance and fitness-related contract.

The Welshman has had major problems with knee injuries and has had to undergo career-saving surgery.

He took 42 wickets at an average of 18.02 to help Worcestershire win promotion to County Championship Division One in 2008 before being named in England's preliminary squad for the Champions Trophy.

But injury struck again and after missing the whole of the 2009 season after having another operation on his troublesome knee, he made just eight appearances for Hampshire in 2010.

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