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Season over for Jones

Ocean Grove coach Jordy Jones. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

OCEAN Grove’s tough start to 2019 has just got worse with confirmation first-year playing coach Jordan Jones needs knee surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

It’s a further blow to the Grubbers who are winless through the opening four rounds, which has included narrow four-point losses to Newcomb and Queenscliff.

“It was a little collision against Queenscliff in the first quarter, and I hyperextended my knee,” Jones told krockfootball.com.au. “I don’t have a PCL (posterior cruciate ligament), so it hyperextended quite easily.

“It didn’t swell up at the time, so I got it taped up and played out the game.

“It was pretty sore the next day. I booked in and got an MRI, and that showed that I’d ruptured my meniscus and it needs to be fully repaired.”

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The 28-year-old, who returned to the Grubbers after stints with West Coast, West Perth, Werribee and Williamstown over the past decade, had his fingers crossed he would play again in 2019.

“We were looking at a 4-6 week timeframe, but the surgeon’s advised me, with the severity of the injury, that you’ve got to think for the next 50 years,” Jones said.

“If I continued to go on with this, I’d potentially need a knee replacement in five or six years time.

“This is the smarter option longer term. I’ve got to think about life after football.”

Jones, who had already suffered a perforated eardrum earlier in the season, hopes to go under the knife next week and start the long road back to playing.

“It’s a six-month recovery to repair a meniscus; it’s a very long process,” he said.

“The surgeon said it’s almost a little bit slower than an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in regards to how long it takes to repair with the lack of blook that gets through to the meniscus.”

However, Jones’ immediate focus will be to halt Ocean Grove’s fruitless beginning to 2019, while also using his time on the sidelines to develop his coaching.

“It’s a different coaching role when you’re coaching from the sidelines, as opposed to as a playing coach,” Jones said.

“Myself, the old man (dad Stewart) and David King will work together as a team on the sideline and get everything covered and get the boys rolling on.”

Jones, is the second playing BFL coach to suffer a long-term injury so far this season, with Modewarre’s Seamus Orr revealing last week he had undergone surgery for a lunate dislocation.

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