A whole lot has changed to Josh Jones because his appearance in the Super League Grand Final.
Its five years because he was part of the St Helens team which defeated Wigan Warriors 14-6 against if facet Salford Red Devils step out onto the pitch the team he will now line up, in Old Trafford.
Jones feels old and wiser too, and of course having had a bout playing rugby union however, the largest change was shifting out of the backs into the forward.
Since joining Salford in 2016, something that came at the proposal of head trainer Ian 29,, the 26-year-old has got the transition from centre.
When I came back to Salford, Watto said did I want to play at the rear , Jones told Sky Sports. I enjoy getting in the middle, I enjoy defending, I enjoy assaulting, I like playing off the half and being involved a bit more.
Ever since then, I have to it and luckily I have had a excellent year this season – and its not ended yet.
I dont need to be quick to play back either, which is very good! I will only use my power and my footwork.
The fact underlines the rampaging threat he poses in the forwards just three players in Super League have created more metres than the 3,383 Jones has racked up from 461 conveys this season – among these being team-mate Jackson Hastings.
Its no real surprise to Jones the Red Devils half-back that is inspirational maintained the 2019 Man of Steel award, but hailing not his performances for the team but for assisting the former Blackbrook amateur draw his particular game on also.
Hes brought my match on leaps and bounds and that is why he won Man of Steel, because he has been the best player in the league annually – and it is revealed, Jones explained.
He has brought more of this pleasure variable back for me personally. We are great partners about the field and off it, and from everybody I spend more time and Joey Lussick off the field – with the way we perform on the field, and thats been duplicated.
Hes created my stats go through the roof and Ive never worked so hard in a match because of him! But he is a fantastic player and bloke, and when theres anybody to be a talisman for your club it is him.
Jones performances have caught the eye of Great Britain head coach Wayne Bennett with the back row being termed as the only Salford player in the elite operation group for the upcoming winter tour.
The opportunity of being on the plane for your first Lions tour for over a decade has planned some disruption to plans, namely having to put back due to getting married after the Grand Final of this week his honeymoon.
Nevertheless, its a sacrifice Jones is happy to make whether it means being part of the squad to face New Zealand, Tonga and Papua New Guinea.
I have a very busy week, Jones stated. I have a Grand Final Saturday, get married on Sunday after which, if I get on the tour, I fly out with them on Wednesday.
The honeymoon plans are long gone, but we can go away any time. Playing therefore I could not pass up this opportunity.
I had the old Great Britain duplicate shirt, so that is sort of my last memory of it and also to wear that shirt could make me proud of myself – and my family will be proud of me as well.
The Grand Final is the one thing about Jones head at present, nonetheless, until he joins Super League competitions Hull FC year, and it will mark the last match at a Red Devils shirt for him.
However, its a strange turn of fate that he finds himself playing against the club he won the Grand Final with – something which is not lost on Jones on a few of the biggest stages of league in his final match for Salford.
It is virtually written in the stars, is not it? What a way to bow out, Jones said. I love playing against Saints and I always have done since I have been at Salford.
If we could carry out the way we know we can then we will undoubtedly have a chance of winning.
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