Former Worcester scrum half Ben Jones is striving to relaunch his rugby career with Moseley after a ‘wounding’ experience at Sixways.
The England Sevens international has received an offer from the Billesley Common outfit and met head coach Ian Smith for the first time last night.
He is hoping an agreement can be reached with the Championship club having endured a wasted year with Warriors that brought him only five games, one start and no action at all since the end of November.
Which, following his move from Doncaster Knights last summer, was a massive anti-climax and even prompted the 26-year-old to consider the most premature of retirements, as job opportunities outside rugby began to present themselves.
But after six weeks of training with League side Hull FC, the Plymouth-born half-back wants to re-commit to the sport and is hoping Smith’s men can provide him with the environment in which he can make up for lost time.
“It was very frustrating and disappointing at Worcester,” Jones said. “I have got to put that way behind me, it’s no good to me now.
“I have to look ahead and if that is at Moseley then brilliant. I would hope to be there next season.
“Looking at the guys they have signed they are a club with ambition, it’s perfect in terms of location and first and foremost I want to play rugby and not go out into the real world too soon.”
That world looked dangerously close for the second half of last season when he mysteriously fell down the pecking order despite the inconsistency of those ahead of him for the No 9 shirt.
His cause became especially difficult when the coach who took him to Sixways was relieved of his duties midway through the campaign.
“It was wounding,” he said. “I do not want to say anything bad about the club because I enjoyed it but I did not feel I was given the opportunities there.
“Because of that it has made it difficult post-Worcester to get a deal with another club in the Premiership.
“I know that Clive Griffiths was batting my corner, I am still in contact with him, potentially my chance had gone when he left. I played for two or three games at the start of the season then Mike Ruddock told me it was a rotation system.”
Since his release from Worcester Jones has also been training with Birmingham & Solihull having worked with their coaches Russell Earnshaw and Eugene Martin, at Castle Park.
But with uncertainty surrounding Bees and their move to Damson Parkway they are unable to offer Jones anything which has brought him on to Moseley’s radar.
And with Moseley still under-manned at scrum half following the release of James Ireland midway through last term and questions over the availability of dual-registered youngster Jordi Pasqualin, Smith needs someone to battle skipper Gareth Taylor for the starting berth.
Jones said: “There are some other commitments that have to be worked around it but hopefully we can sort something out.”
Meanwhile, Warriors will take on Ruddock’s former club Ebbw Vale in an additional free admission pre-season friendly at Sixways on Saturday, August 22.