A lot has changed for Josh Jones since his appearance in the Super League Grand Final.
It is five years because he was a part of the St Helens team which defeated Wigan Warriors 14-6 against when side Salford Red Devils step out onto the pitch the club hell now line up, at Old Trafford.
Jones feels older and wiser too, and of course having had a brief spell playing rugby union for Exeter Chiefs, however, the biggest change was shifting into the forwards from the backs.
Since linking Salford from 2016 the 26-year-old has made the seamless transition from centre into next row.
When I return into Salford, Watto said did I want to play with in the rear row, Jones told Sky Sports. I like getting in the middle, I enjoy defending, I like attacking, I enjoy playing off the half and becoming included a little more.
Ever since then, Ive got to it and fortunately I have had a fantastic year this season – and hopefully its not done yet.
I do not need to be quick to perform back row either, which is fantastic! I will simply use my power and my footwork.
The fact underlines the danger he poses at the forwards only 3 players 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 inspirational half-back maintained the 2019 Man of Steel award, hailing not his performances for the group but also for assisting the former Blackbrook amateur draw his game on too.
He has brought my match onto leaps and bounds and thats why he won Man of Steel, since he has been the best player in the league annually – and its shown, Jones explained.
Hes brought more of this pleasure variable back for me personally. Were good mates on the field and off it, and out of everybody I probably spend more time and Joey Lussick off the field – with how we perform on the field and thats been duplicated.
He has created my stats go through the roof and Ive never worked so hard in a game because of him! But hes a wonderful player and bloke, also when theres anyone to be a talisman for the club it is him.
Jones performances have caught the eye of Great Britain head coach Wayne Bennett with the row being termed as the Salford participant in the elite execution group for the upcoming winter tour.
The possibility of being on the airplane for the first Lions tour for more than a decade has planned a disruption to aims having to put back his honeymoon because of getting married the day following the Grand Final of this week.
But it is a sacrifice Jones is pleased to create whether it means being part of the group to face Tonga, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
I have a very busy week, Jones explained. Ive got a Grand Final Saturday, have married on Sunday and then, when I get about the tour, I fly out with them on Wednesday.
The honeymoon programs are long gonebut we could go away any time. Playing Great Britain only comes around once in a life, therefore I could not pass this opportunity up.
I had the old Great Britain duplicate shirt, so that is sort of my final memory of it and to wear that top would make me pleased with myself and my family will be proud of me as well.
The Grand Final is the one thing about Jones mind at present, yet, and it will mark the last game until he unites Super League rivals Hull FC season.
Nevertheless, its a strange turn of fate he finds himself playing from the club he previously won the Grand Final with – something thats not missing on Jones on a few of league stages his last match for Salford.
Its almost written in the stars, isnt it? What a way to bow out, Jones said. I enjoy playing against Saints and I have done since I have been at Salford.
If we are able to carry out the way we understand we can then we will undoubtedly have a chance of winning.
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