Exeter bring in St Helens’ Jones

Date published: June 17 2015

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Exeter Chiefs have announced the signing of rugby league player Josh Jones, who will join the Premiership club on a two-year deal from St Helens.

Having already recruited seven players this off-season, Exeter head coach Rob Baxter has added the 22-year-old, who has been with Saints since he was 13.

Jones made his debut for the Super League outfit against Warrington in March 2012 at centre and has since gone on to establish himself as a proven performer for the Merseysiders.

Jones initially started his playing days in union with home-town club Preston Grasshoppers, but soon switched to the 13-man game where he played for Chorley Panthers, Leyland Warriors and Blackbrook Royals.

His talent was clear to see from an early age and he was England 15 and 16s captain and toured Australia with the Saints Academy in 2009.

"I can't explain how excited I am about the move," said Jones.

"It's a new challenge for me and my family, but it's one that we're all really looking forward to. Exeter are a great club, they've just come off the back of a fantastic season, and having watched them a few times on the TV, I like the style of rugby they play and the way they go about things.

"Hopefully I can go down there, add a bit to the squad using my experience from playing Super League and look to make my mark as quickly as possible.

"Obviously it's a big change for me, I've been with the Saints since I was 13, but as I said I think it's a good move for me."

With the Premiership having welcomed a number of star names from Rugby League in recent years such as Jason Robinson, Kyle Eastmond and Sam Burgess, Jones ultimately hopes he too can make his mark in English rugby's top tier.

He added: "I've not really thought too much about others who have moved from league to union, obviously I know there have been a few that have done it over the years, but I'm more focused on seeing out what I hope will be another great year with St Helens and then moving down to Exeter and getting stuck into it all.

"I've heard lots of good things about the Chiefs and the set-up they have down there. I have family who live down in Cornwall so I've driven past the ground a few times. Personally, I'm looking forward to getting down there properly and getting stuck into training and being with the boys."

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