Friday 17 July 2009 

Simon Jones Set For Worcestershire Exit

Simon Jones Set For Worcestershire Exit
Simon Jones Set For Worcestershire Exit
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Worcestershire have confirmed that they have not offered fast bowler Simon Jones an extension to his current contract, leaving the former England international free to discuss his future with other counties.

His current contract expires at the end of the current season.

Jones, who played a key role in England's 2005 Ashes success, has been beset by injuries since then and although he played a huge role in helping Worcestershire earn promotion to the LV County Championship Division One in 2008, his playing time at New Road since a move from Glamorgan in late 2007 has been minimal, not playing a single game this season.

"This has been a difficult decision but is in the best interests of the Club going forward," Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes said in a statement.

"We all admire the effort that Simon has put in to regain full fitness and we know he is determined to be fit for the 2010 season. However we are not in the position to offer him a new contract going forward so he is free to talk to any other County about his future.

"We want to thank Simon for his contribution to the Club's success in 2008 when his 42 wickets at 18.02 helped us secure promotion to Division One in 2008 and we really do hope that he can win his fitness battle and resume his career."

Jones has played 18 Tests for England, taking 59 wickets.

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