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    Re: The Jones Boy - I will declare it now - he is going to be a star

    The Happy Wanderer Returns.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_LcAgst-S0
    Officially on the Bus-wagon

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    Great to have Liam back - I really admire what he did post Malthouse at the blues - the resilience shown to turn himself into a good afl player is admirable.

    So good to have this thread back

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    Re: The Jones Boy - I will declare it now - he is going to be a star

    Quote Originally Posted by Twodogs View Post
    Bones and Monty both came back but David Thorpe never did. To say he is bitter in his opinion about Footscray and the people involved with it when he left would be an understatement. Hatred would be the best word to describe his feelings about us.

    I think he went to Yarraville as captain coach when he retired from league football.
    I stand corrected.
    Thorpe can't have felt too badly about the club as he spent some time coaching Wynyard in Tasmania.

    He was responsible for getting Simon Atkins to the Dogs.
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    Hopefully Liam can manage 34 or more games over the next 3 seasons to lock in any potential sons to the dogs. A shame he only managed 95 games at the blues.

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    'Still pinching myself': Dog's return was never expected

    LIAM Jones thought his time in the AFL was over when he decided to walk away from a contract with Carlton last November and move to Queensland due to his stance on the AFL's vaccine mandate.

    After playing 66 games across six seasons at the Whitten Oval, Jones had established himself as one of the premier intercepting defenders in the AFL across 95 games in seven years for Carlton.

    Then he departed the game.

    But now the 31-year-old has returned to the Western Bulldogs after signing a three-year deal as an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday afternoon, following a season for Palm Beach-Currumbin in the QAFL.

    "No, I certainly didn't (think another AFL opportunity would come)," Jones told AFL.com.au's Sarah Ollie and Josh Gabelich on AFL Trade Radio on Wednesday.

    "Twelve months ago, football would have been the last thing on my mind. I still love the game and I was interested in keeping fit and playing at whatever level I could, but at the highest level, I thought that part of my life was over.

    "I'm still pinching myself; it hasn't sunk in at the moment. When everything was processed and went through at quarter to five last night, I was over the moon. I can't believe I get the opportunity to play AFL again and to go back to the club that gave me that chance 14 years ago is pretty special."

    When the AFL changed its vaccine mandate from compulsory to 'strongly encourage' in July, the door swung open for Jones to resume his AFL career. And it didn’t take long for clubs to pick up the phone to his manager, Shane Casley, from TLA.

    Quality readymade key defenders are hard to find. It wasn't long before a handful of clubs reached out, but Jones chose to settle on a familiar home to finish a football career that looked finished less than 12 months ago, rekindling previous relationships with list manager Sam Power and head of football Chris Grant.

    "To be honest, I really appreciated and was overwhelmed by the amount of clubs that were interested and appreciate all the clubs we spoke to," he said.

    "With the Bulldogs there was the familiarity and it just felt right for me. Apart from the familiarity and the love I already have for the club for them giving me a chance all those years ago, I believe the fit is right, I believe I can help this team and I believe in this list they have. I don't doubt my decision at all, I'm rapt to be back."

    Jones said he enjoyed his time playing on the Gold Coast and living in Kingscliff – just south of the border in northern New South Wales – and watched every game Carlton played in 2022, but made the decision to depart Carlton based on what he thought was best for his health.

    "My decisions were all based around what I felt was best for me and my health. It was the mandate that I was unable to play AFL football anymore. I did give everything I could for the football club, but it was a rule that came into place that my health choice was not to get vaccinated. That was the outcome after making my decision," he explained.

    "It crept up really quickly and my health choice was to not do that. Unfortunately, there were no two ways around that, and because that was the case, it ended really quickly. Everyone moved on really quickly after that.

    "It was an interesting time. I felt like I was relatively new in my move to defence. I was improving every year. I felt like 2021 was my best in terms of performance and I was really excited to finally build some respect as a player and be in the leadership group. I was excited by what the next few years looked like."

    Now, eight years after departing the Western Bulldogs as a key forward struggling to cement a spot at AFL level, Jones is back in Footscray to fill a hole for Luke Beveridge.

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    Re: The Jones Boy - I will declare it now - he is going to be a star

    Turned out a pretty good get.
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    Re: The Jones Boy - I will declare it now - he is going to be a star

    Quote Originally Posted by bornadog View Post
    Turned out a pretty good get.
    Absolutely. Just had to find his calling as a backman. Hopefully will get to 200 games this year. He has been outstanding since he has crossed back to the Dogs.

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    His injury last year really put us on the back foot at a critical time.
    Nobody's looking for a puppeteer in today's wintry economic climate.

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    Re: The Jones Boy - I will declare it now - he is going to be a star

    Quote Originally Posted by bornadog View Post
    Turned out a pretty good get.
    All the concerns about the age of a player don't mount to much if they're performing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GVGjr View Post
    All the concerns about the age of a player don't mount to much if they're performing.
    But they'll count a lot to some if he has a poor run of form.
    "It's over. It's all over."

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasternWest View Post
    But they'll count a lot to some if he has a poor run of form.
    Yes, it's a massive focus or talking point for some as the reason why a player isn't performing.
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    Re: The Jones Boy - I will declare it now - he is going to be a star

    Quote Originally Posted by bornadog View Post
    Turned out a pretty good get.
    Are you referring to Jones or the title of the thread?
    More of an In Bruges guy?

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    Re: The Jones Boy - I will declare it now - he is going to be a star

    Do yourself a favour.

    Go back to page one of this thread, scroll down to where Gary links to two other threads, click on the second one, and enjoy bulldogtragic's... Unique, shall we say... review of a young Liam Jones' performance in the Williamstown reserves.

    A great trip down memory lane.

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    Can’t believe we used to have guys playing VFL reserves.
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    Re: The Jones Boy - I will declare it now - he is going to be a star

    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Days View Post
    Can’t believe we used to have guys playing VFL reserves.
    Easton Wood famously spent time there.

    Establishing our stand alone Footscray VFL team was a great decision that we may not have won a flag without.

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