Tuesday 28 June 2011 

Steffan Jones To End Playing Career

Steffan Jones To End Playing Career
Steffan Jones To End Playing Career
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Derbyshire fast bowler Steffan Jones is to retire from playing professional cricket at the end of the season and take up a teaching position in Somerset.

He was offered a three-year contract by Derbyshire to remain with the team and further his coaching career but has decided to move back to his family home.

Jones, 37, is currently enjoying his second spell with Derbyshire and has previously represented Cambridge University, Kent, Somerset, Northamptonshire, Wales Minor Counties.

He was capped by Somerset in 2001 - where he also played two spells - and was awarded his county cap by Derbyshire in 2010; on his departure he will be made an honorary life member of the club.

"I am very grateful for the offer made by Derbyshire and I know they did everything they could to persuade me to stay," Jones said.

"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 wish the Club every success going forward once my career here is over at the end of the season.

"I will of course be giving my all to the Club for the remainder of the current campaign starting with our massive derby match against Nottinghamshire Outlaws 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.”

Derbyshire Chairman Chris Grant added: "Steffan continues to be a model professional and an excellent performer for Derbyshire. Everybody at the Club wishes him the very best for the future.

"Our young cricketers have learned a great deal from Steffan and his ultra-professional approach to the game. His new students could not wish for a better role model."

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