Rowan Jones

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Rowan Jones
Personal information
Date of birth (1979-11-19) 19 November 1979 (age 34)
Original team Claremont (WAFL)
Debut Round 19, 9 August 1998, West Coast
v. Sydney Swans, at S.C.G.
Height/Weight 187cm / 80kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1998-2007 West Coast Eagles 158 (70)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2007 season.
Career highlights

Rowan Jones (born 19 November 1979) is a retired Australian rules footballer who played for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League.

Recruited at pick 28 in the 1997 AFL Draft by the Eagles from local WAFL club Claremont, Jones debuted in his first season at the Eagles, the round 19, 1998 match against the Sydney Swans at the SCG. From the 1999 season, Jones became a regular selection in the West Coast team, and indeed finished third in the Eagles Best and Fairest in 2001.

Jones' form tailed off quite a bit in 2004, unfortunately coinciding with an appointment as a vice-captain, and when the 2005 season came around, spots in the side were scarce, and Jones was relegated to playing in the WAFL for much of the season. A weight of impressive performances at WAFL level enabled Jones to force his way into the Eagles senior side for four matches, including the Preliminary Final, but he was injured at training and was unable to play in the Grand Final loss.

Jones's improved form late in 2005 carried through into the 2006 season, where he once again became a regular in the team, playing 23 of a possible 26 games, including being a member of the Eagles Grand Final team that won by a point over the Swans and thus a premiership player.

Rowan Jones became a life member of the Eagles when he played his 150th game for the club in Round 15 of 2007, however the Eagles lost to Port Adelaide by 91 points.

Rowan Jones announced his retirement on 19 September 2007, citing a desire to leave the game on his own terms and spend more time with his young family. West Coast Coach John Worsfold had high praise for the retiring Jones stating - "He's a life member of the football club, he's been vice-captain of the football club, he's the best clubman, he's a premiership player – that puts him in the top echelon of players who have ever worn the Eagles jumper,"[1]


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