Union-bound Josh Jones has revealed the need for a fresh start was the catalyst behind his decision to switch codes at the end of the season.
While the 22-year-old’s reasoning may come as a surprise to some, having only been in the first team since 2012, Jones has been on the books at Saints for a decade - and sees the move south to Exeter Chiefs as the ideal chance to open a new chapter.
The 2014 Grand Final winner will make the 250-mile move at the end of this season - and plans to jump straight into his new job.
“It’s a hard one because last year for me was the pinnacle of my career, winning the Grand Final,” Jones explained.
“I’ve been here since I was 12 years old and I’m 22 now. I just need something new in my life, whether that was Australia or rugby union. My family is quite close to my heart so rugby union was a different challenge I needed to do for myself.”
Jones has an uncle in Cornwall and explained how the move will allow him to spend more time with his cousins.
He added: “He’s a headteacher and lives down there. Hopefully I can spend more time there and see my cousins growing up.” turn to page 74
“I chose Exeter because it’s the closest place I have family.
I fancied a change and if I stayed up here I probably wouldn’t have moved out which is something I need to do, my partner and I need to go and find out own place and start our own lives which I’m really excited for.”