Former Falcon and Eagle joins Tigers

Updated: December 22, 2015
Jordan Jones, pictured in action for East Perth, will join VFL club Werribee. Picture: AFL MEDIA

Jordan Jones, pictured in action for East Perth, will join VFL club Werribee. Picture: AFL MEDIA

Jordan Jones, pictured in action for East Perth, will join VFL club Werribee. Picture: AFL MEDIA

FORMER West Coast and Geelong Falcons defender Jordan Jones is returning to Victoria after seven years in Perth to play with VFL side Werribee in 2016.

The Tigers have signed Jones, who’s moving back to Ocean Grove having secured work in the financial industry with a Geelong company.

The 189cm and 86kg defender will return to Victoria full-time early in the New Year and said he’s looking forward to playing in one of Australia’s premier state league competitions after seven years in the WAFL.

The 25-year-old sounded out the VFL Cats about the possibility of joining their list but settled on Werribee after meeting with coach John Lamont and because of the Tigers’ alignment with the Falcons.

“The full alignment with North Melbourne is going to benefit the footy club,” Jones said.

“Over in Perth, West Coast and Fremantle have now got standalone alignments with WAFL clubs and you’ve seen the improvement in those.

“So it’s going to be handy for Werribee having played finals the last couple of years under JL (Lamont), and North Melbourne has some pretty good young talent and they’re moving forward as a footy club as well.”

Jones was drafted by West Coast with pick 52 in the 2008 national draft and his only two appearances at AFL level came in the final two rounds of the 2010 season.

The Ocean Grove product spent two seasons at the Falcons in 2007 and 2008 before being drafted, attracting the attention of recruiters for his performances with Vic Country at the national championships in 2008.

Jones played 100 games in the WAFL for Peel Thunder and West Perth and was a member of West Perth’s 2013 premiership team.

Jones struggled with a hamstring and finger injury in 2015 that limited his game time to just one senior appearance as the Falcons reached the Grand Final.

Werribee’s Football Operations Manager Stuart Balloch is delighted the talented defender chose Avalon Airport Oval as his new football home and said the Tigers’ young group would benefit from his experience.

“We’re an incredibly young group so having some older heads around, those guys that can set training standards and maintain that high standard you expect at the level, is certainly what we’re looking for,” Balloch said.

The Tigers have also secured former GWS Giant and Essendon rebounding defender Kurt Aylett after the 23-year-old was delisted by the Bombers at the end of 2015.

Aylett played one game at the Giants before he was traded to Essendon, where he could manage only two more appearances and none in 2015.

The 22-year-old struggled with hamstring injuries this year but still managed to finish inside the top 10 of the Bombers’ VFL best and fairest.

Originally from New South Wales, Aylett played two seasons for North Ballarat in the TAC Cup before being signed by the Giants as a 17-year-old in 2010.

On the debit side, Jye Bolton has departed the club and looks set to join WAFL club Claremont.

Werribee resumes pre-season training in the second week of January.

MEANWHILE, former Geelong Falcons’ brothers Sam and Fraser Russell will both continue their careers with VFL club Northern Blues after being delisted from Port Adelaide and Carlton resepectively at the end of the 2015 season.

Sam had been training with Geelong’s VFL squad after returning from Adelaide.

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