Jones departure brought forward

Date published: February 4 2015

Scarlets attack coach Mark Jones has parted company with the West Welsh region with immediate effect in order to pursue other career opportunities.

The former winger, who has been at the Scarlets for over seventeen years as both player and coach, will move on from his role by mutual agreement.

“I’ve had many great years as a Scarlet, both as a player and then as Coach and I leave with fond memories and grateful for all the opportunities I have been given,” Jones, who made 47 appearances for Wales, told the Scarlets website.

“All coaches have their own philosophies which makes the game exciting and diverse, and the strong set of values and standards I gained through experience as a Scarlets player over many years have continued to be the foundations of my coaching career.

“The Scarlets are developing a new direction and philosophy within the coaching and playing group which differs from my own and we all agree it makes sense that the coaching group are allowed to pursue this new direction without me.

“It is time to move on now, it’s the right decision for the Region and allows me to spend some quality time with my family and embark on the next chapter in my career. I wish the squad the very best for the rest of the season and especially with their quest to finish in the top six of the Guinness PRO12.

“The Scarlets has been the biggest part of my life but I feel that the time is right to further myself, both personally and professionally, and I’m excited by the future and looking forward to the new challenges ahead.”