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Grubbers and Jones part ways

Former Ocean Grove coach Jordy Jones. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

OCEAN Grove has become the third local club to part company with its senior coach in 2019, with Jordy Jones leaving his role at Ray Menzies Oval.

Grubbers’ players were told on Tuesday night that Jones wouldn’t be continuing into the last third of the season after the club opted not to take up an option for the 2020 season.

Assistant coach David King will take over for the remainder of the year.

“The Ocean Grove Football Netball Club in conjunction with coach Jordan Jones have agreed not to trigger the season 2020 clause contained within his coaching contract,” a statement from the club said.

“Club representatives spoke with Jordan on Tuesday evening, where he was informed that the option of season 2020 will not be taken up by the club.

“Meetings have occurred on Tuesday evening with Jordan, the senior playing group and staff to further discuss the committee’s decision, the remainder of season 2019 as well as future plans.

“As a result, David King will act as senior coach for the remaining six games of the season.

“The club would like to acknowledge the commitment and contribution Jordan has made during his time at Ocean Grove and wish him well for the future.”

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An Ocean Grove junior, Jones was appointed as playing coach of the club in September last year, replacing Paul Lynch.

He played in the Grubbers’ 2007 grand final loss to Newcomb before spending the 2008 season with the Geelong Falcons.

From there, Jones was drafted by West Coast with pick No.52 in 2008 and played two AFL games in three seasons.

He then carved out an impressive career in the WAFL with West Perth before returning to Victoria and lining up with both Werribee and Williamstown, while playing some games with GFL club Newtown & Chilwell.

The 2019 season has never got going for Ocean Grove or Jones since it lost its opening round clash to Newcomb.

The Grubbers have won just three matches, with Jones managing only two matches before his season was ended in late April by a knee injury.

Jones, joins Portarlington’s Jesse Smith and Belmont Lions’ Ash Witney in not seeing out the season.

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