Jones eyes Pears deal
Simon Jones is hoping to earn a new Worcestershire contract as he closes in on another comeback.
Last Updated: 08/06/09 11:44am
Simon Jones is hoping to earn a new Worcestershire contract as he closes in on yet another injury comeback after being sidelined for the last 10 months.
Welshman Jones is close to a comeback with the Pears - possibly in the County Championship match with Yorkshire on June 16 - after undergoing knee operations in September and April.
One of England's 2005 Ashes heroes, Jones enjoyed a successful first season at New Road - taking 42 wickets in nine games - to help the county gain promotion back to Division One of the championship.
But the former Glamorgan man's current deal expires at the end of the current campaign and the 30-year-old knows he has to prove his fitness to earn a new deal.
"I want to stay at Worcester," said Jones. "Hopefully, I can do enough this season to get another contract.
"I know I need to get back on the field if I am going to get a new contract.
"But I'm just concentrating on my rehab at the moment because I know if I do that properly, and get back playing, I will get a new contract.
"I've done a few comebacks in my time. They do become monotonous but that is the point where you have to keep your chin up and that is when it is important to have good people around you.
"That's why I've been lucky with Worcester. We've got a good group around us in (physio) Ben Langley, (director of cricket) Steve Rhodes and (fitness coach) Dave Lowe.
"I just want to play cricket. That is when I am at my happiest. I want to play well for Worcestershire again and take wickets.
"I still believe in myself and that I can do well."