Derbyshire's Steffan Jones to retire at end of season

Steffan Jones
Jones played on the wing for Moseley before conventrating on his cricket

Derbyshire fast bowler Steffan Jones has turned down a new contract offer to take up a career in teaching.

The rugby-playing, former Somerset, Northants, Kent and Wales stalwart was offered a three-year player/coach deal to stay on at the County Ground.

But instead, he will return to his family home in Somerset at the end of the season to take up a teaching post at Wellington School.

"I am very grateful for the offer made by Derbyshire," said Jones, 37.

"I know they did everything they could to persuade me to stay.

"But the opportunity of being head of cricket at a prestigious school and returning back to my family home is too good for me to miss.

"Both my spells with Derbyshire have been unforgettable and I will of course be giving my all for the remainder of the current campaign, starting with our massive derby against Nottinghamshire on Friday.

"We have a team capable of achieving this year and it would be great to bow out on a high with a successful conclusion to the season."

Llanelli-born, Cambridge University-educated Jones, who spent several seasons playing rugby on the wing for Moseley, is in his second spell at Derby, having returned from Somerset midway through the 2009 season, a loan move later made permanent.

Jones, who also had two spells with Somerset, will become an honorary life member when he leaves Derby at the end of the season.