|Full name||Austinn Jones|
|Date of birth||28 September 1976|
|Original team(s)||Beaconsfield/Southern Stingrays|
|Draft||48th overall, 1994 National Draft|
|Height||176 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lb)|
|Position(s)||Wing, half back flank|
|1995–2005||St Kilda||226 (127)|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2005.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2004.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
The 176 cm Jones played for the Collingwood reserves in the mid-1990s, but they were afraid to recruit him due to him weighing just 64 kilograms. "Aussie", as he is more commonly known, refused to give up on his dream to play AFL football, and was recruited to St Kilda in the 1994 AFL Draft. He made his debut in 1995 still weighing in at the high 60s.
In 1996 and 1997, Jones established himself as one of the league's better wingers/half-back flankers, with his pace and hard-running a big advantage for the Saints.
Jones played in 22 of 22 matches in the 1997 home and away rounds in which St Kilda qualified in first position for the 1997 AFL finals, winning the club’s second minor premiership.
In 1997 he had a stellar year, Jones winning All-Australian selection.
In fact, Jones put the Saints in a very strong position, kicking a Goal of the Year contender with a magnificent long run and goal. At that stage the Saints had a comfortable lead and the Jones goal looked like the team would run away with the game. It was not to be, however, with the Saints forfeiting a half-time lead to lose the match.
Jones career suffered from inconsistency in the following years, however in 2004, the first year St Kilda made the finals since 1998, Jones again won All-Australian selection and was back to his best. However Jones, even then, doubted whether he would be able to cope with the mental pressures of AFL football, and was even considering retirement.
In 2005 he suffered a major setback when he was dropped to the Victorian Football League midway through the year. Although he regained his form, Jones admitted that he was at his lowest ebb as a player at this stage. He fought his way back into the seniors and performed admirably during the Saints' late-season charge into the top four.
Despite hinting at his retirement previously, it was a huge shock when Jones called it quits from the game with one year to run on his contract, and having just turned 29. He cited the mental pressures, more than the physical toll, as the reason for his retirement. In 2006 he was the contracted as the playing coach at country football club, the Narre Warren Magpies. His venture as coach was a successful one; in his first year as coach the team won the Casey Cardinia Football League grand final. Jones coached Narre Warren again in 2007.
In July 2012, Jones was appointed as head coach of the newly formed standalone VFL team Bendigo Gold, with his coaching stint to commence in Gold's inaugural year as a standalone VFL side in 2013.
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- "AFL 1996 Ansett Cup Grand Final – St Kilda v Carlton". Slattery Media Group. 23 March 1996. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- "1997 Season Scores and Results – Ladder". AFL Tables. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- "AFL 2004 Wizard Cup Grand Final – Geelong v St Kilda". Slattery Media Group. 13 March 2004. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2009-11-07.
- "Austinn Jones stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
- Austinn Jones's playing statistics from AFL Tables