DOB: 20 January 1988
From: Mt. Eliza/Dandenong Stingrays, Selection 12, 2005 National Draft
Number: 2 (2006-2021)
Rising Star nominee - Round 20, 2006 vs North Melbourne and Round 17, 2007 vs Port Adelaide
Best and Fairest - 2012, 2013, 2014
Co-Captain - 2014 - (co-captain 2014 and 2017-)
Life Member - 2015
Statistical categories lead:
Most career disposals : 6761
Most handballs : 3395
Most clearances : 1094
Most clangers : 796
Contested Possessions : 2941
Most uncontested possessions : 4296
Most Inside 50s : 1077
Most Goal Assists - 135
Most tackles - 1091
Equal most goal assists in a game - 4, Round 3, 2007
Most reported player - 13 times
Most fined player - $22,750
Most games in jumper 2
An All-Australian high school and Under 18 player who saw his stocks rise even further after a 36 possession game in the 2005 TAC Cup Grand Final, Jones broke into the Demons senior side late in 2006 and maintained his spot right throughout the finals, earning a Rising Star nomination along the way. After the Demons were eliminated Jones returned to the Sandringham and played in their premiership side.
Now a fully established member of the Demon midfield, Jones played 21 games in 2007, earning a second rising star nomination and averaging five tackles a game. Despite the side losing ground on the field and finishing third last Jones finished third overall in the Rising Star award and was second in the Demons' Best and Fairest count.
In the 2008 wooden spoon campaign Jones played 21 games and established himself as one of his side's stars in a disappointing year. 2009 was another consistent season, and with 20 games for the year he was once again one of the better performers in a wooden spoon side. After the Round 2 match against Collingwood Jones' father was attacked by Magpies fans in an altercation outside the ground.
Jones was one of only two Demons to play every game in 2010. Despite being the first time he had played a complete season, the nuggety midfielder struggled at times and late in the year was given a series of tagging roles. Rumours linked him to an end of year trade, possibly to Essendon but he was rewarded with a new contract which tied him to the club until the end of 2012.
He once again played every game in 2011, kicking a career high 14 goals and establishing himself in the Demon midfield. It provided a platform for his career best season in 2012, where he missed just one match and was his side's dominant midfielder despite the team crashing to just four wins for the year. Five years after finishing second in the Best and Fairest in his second senior season Jones finally won the award.
In May 2013 Jones was appointed caretaker captain in the absence of the injured Jack Grimes, and as the club's most consistent midfielder in their disappointing one game season he played every match for the year and won his second Best and Fairest.
In 2014 Melbourne traded for and drafted more midfielders to help him avoid playing as a lone hand, but he remained one of his side's most consistent players. He appeared in every game again, meaning that he'd only missed one match in five seasons. At the end of the season he won his third consecutive Best and Fairest award.
Jones played every game again in 2015, and was once more one of his side's best players. His run of consecutive Best and Fairest awards ended at three but he still finished fifth in the award. In 2016 he was ever present in the side and played another consistent season in the midfield.
In 2017 he began sharing the captaincy with Jack Viney, and suffered his first ever injury interrupted season. After playing all but one game in the previous seven years a quad injury caused him to miss six games late in the year. He returned to playing every game in the season again in 2018, including his side's three finals. He played all 22 games in 2019 but began to be edged out of the midfield, and in the second half of the season was usually used in defence. His disappointing year saw him miss Brownlow Medal votes for the first time since 2008. His output declined further in 2020, only appearing in eight games. Jones played another eight games in 2021, reaching his 300 game milestone on the way. He retired at the end of the year, shortly before the Grand Final.
His brother Zak was drafted by the Sydney Swans in the 2013 Draft and debuted in mid-2014.
|Round 9, 2008||Umpire contact||$1950 fine|
|Round 22, 2009||Umpire contact||$2850 fine|
|Round 3, 2012||Umpire contact||$900 fine|
|Round 13, 2012||Melee instigation||$1800 fine|
|Round 13, 2012||Melee||$1200 fine|
|Round 8, 2013||Melee||$2100 fine|
|Round 22, 2014||Umpire contact||$1950 fine|
|Round 3, 2015||Melee||$1500 fine|
|Round 18, 2015||Wrestling||$1000 fine|
|Round 5, 2016||Wrestling||$1500 fine|
|Round 5, 2017||Melee||$2500 fine|
|Round 7, 2018||Misconduct||$1500 fine|
|Round 16, 2018||Misconduct||$2000 fine|
melbournefc.com.au - 04/10/2010