By Mark Heenan
New Ocean Grove Football Club playing coach Jordan Jones said he is rapt to be back involved in footy in his home town on the Bellarine.
Jones, 28, was announced as the new Grubber senior coach after a month-long search following the departure of outgoing coach Paul Lynch in August.
The Grubbers have the luxury of utilising Jones, who last played for Ocean Grove in the 2007 BFL grand final against Newcomb, as a one-pointer under the strict AFL Barwon points system being a former club junior.
“Absolutely I am rapt to be back,” Jones told the Voice.
“It is has done a full circle as you can see – being away so long it is sort of a good opportunity to inject myself back into the community.
“I have got a partner who is not from Ocean Grove and it is a good way to get her involved in the community.”
He has wasted no time in fitting into his new surrounds at Shell Road and met with club president Tony Potter and several players after being sworn in.
“I met with Potts (Tony Potter) and a couple of the players congratulating on me on being offered the job – they were having a little recruitment meeting anyway,” the Ocean Grove local said.
Jones was drafted to West Coast Eagles in 2008 and played two AFL senior games in 2010.
He played more than 100 senior games in the WAFL and was a member of West Perth’s 2013 premiership team.
He returned to Melbourne in 2015 where he spent the last three years playing for Werribee and more recently with Williamstown at VFL level.
A talented junior, Jones took out the Ocean Grove Collendina Cobras Junior Football Club Under 14 Division 1 competition league best-and-fairest award in 2004.
Ocean Grove Football Netball Club said it was thrilled with the appointment of Jones the club’s new senior coach.
“We are thrilled to welcome him (Jordan) back to the club and look forward to him taking us back up the ladder in 2019,” OGFNC said in a statement.