A lot has changed to Josh Jones since his last appearance in the Super League Grand Final.
It is five years because he was part of the St Helens club that defeated Wigan Warriors 14-6 against if unwanted Salford Red Devils step out on the pitch the club hell now line up, in Old Trafford.
Jones feels older and wiser not to mention having had a brief bout playing rugby union for Exeter Chiefs, but the change was shifting out of the backs to the forwards.
The 26-year-old has got the transition from centre to row since joining Salford at 2016.
After I came back to Salford, Watto said did I wish to play with in the back , Jones told Sky Sports. I like getting in the center, I enjoy defending, I enjoy assaulting, I enjoy playing off the half and being included a little more.
Since then, I have right into it and luckily I have had a fantastic year this year – and hopefully its not finished yet.
I dont have to be as quick to play back either, which is fantastic! I can just use my power and my footwork.
The fact underlines the rampaging threat he poses in the forwards just 3 players in Super League have created more metres compared to the 3,383 Jones has racked up from 461 conveys this year – one of these being team-mate Jackson Hastings.
It is no surprise to Jones the Red Devils half-back that is inspirational claimed the 2019 Man of Steel award, hailing his performances for the team but also for helping the Blackbrook amateur bring his own game on too.
Hes brought my match onto leaps and bounds and that is why he won Man of Steel, because he has been the best player in the league all year – and it is revealed, Jones explained.
He has brought more of this pleasure variable back for me personally. Were great mates onto the field and off it, and from everybody that I spend more time and Joey Lussick off the area – with the way we perform on the field, and that has been replicated.
Hes made my stats go through the roof and I have never worked so hard in a match because of him! But he is a fantastic player and bloke, also if theres anyone to be a talisman for your club its him.
Jones performances have caught the eye of Great Britain head coach Wayne Bennett with the back row being termed as the Salford player in the operation squad for the winter tour.
The chance of being on the plane for the Lions tour for over a decade has planned a disruption to aims having to put his honeymoon back due to getting married after the Grand Final of this week.
Nevertheless, it is a forfeit Jones is pleased to make if it means being a part of the squad to confront New Zealand, Tonga and Papua New Guinea.
Ive got a very busy week, Jones stated. I have a Grand Final Saturday, have married on Sunday and then, if I get on the tour, I venture out with them on Wednesday.
The honeymoon programs are long gone, but we could go away any time. Playing for Great Britain only comes around once in a life, so that I couldnt pass up that opportunity.
I had the old Great Britain replica shirt, so thats kind of my final memory of it and also to wear that shirt could make me happy with myself and my family would be proud of me too
The Grand Final is the only thing about Jones head at present before he unites Super League competitions Hull FC season, and itll mark the last game.
However, its a strange twist of fate he finds himself playing against the club he previously won the Grand Final with – something which is not lost on Jones on one of the main stages of league in his final match for Salford.
Its virtually written in the stars, isnt it? What a way to bow out, Jones said. I love playing against Saints and I have done since I have been in Salford.
If we are able to perform the way we understand we can then we will certainly have a chance of winning.
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