Adam Jones told to 'shed a few kilos'
August 23, 2014
Adam Jones is now a Blues player © Getty Images
Cardiff Blues coach Mark Hammett has laid down the law to new signing Adam Jones saying he must "shed a few kilos" to fit in with their high-tempo game.
Jones signed for the Blues on Tuesday in a move that brought to an end his summer of limbo. His contract with the Ospreys finished at the end of last season but as the discussions in Wales continued over the new Participation Agreement, Jones found himself without a club.
He ended up doing much of his pre-season training on his own and also spent some time with Neath as he attempted to get back to top fitness and Hammett has given Jones some targets to hit.
"He has got some pretty tough targets, targets that he probably hasn't had since 2010 that I expect him to get to," Hammett told Wales Online. "He will tell you himself he is not the most mobile. So we want to make him more mobile in this game that we play.
"To be more mobile, he needs to shed a few kilos. That's part of what we are looking at getting him to do. From a character perspective and as a bloke, he's fitted in very quickly and obviously a lot of the guys know him."
And Hammett hopes Jones will make a big impact at the Blues. Hammett said: "When I found about it, I talked to Gats and other players and obviously the most important person was Adam himself. I had a long discussion with him around his motivations and why he wanted to be here.
"That was probably the most critical discussion out of all of them. We know he has got the experience. But you get to a certain age and you can decide you are heading to a place to retire or to make a difference and that was the big thing for me The big thing I expressed with Adam was I want a guy that's going to come here and raise the bar, not lower it."
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