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...turned 30 in a few days time. How many more seasons in the red and blue? He’s played 239 games and all being well will reach the milestone 250 and more this year. So, can he go on to the magic 300? That’s a further 2/3 years! I’d love it if he could, your thoughts folks.

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Injuries and form permitting he'll play till he's 35 he'll get to 300. He has been the heart and soul of the joint for the past decade, deserves every accolade that comes his way.

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Vince this season.

Lewis 2019

Jones 2020? 

Too early to say, the next two seasons are locked in, anything after that should be taken year by year.

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So long as he is first choice midfield, he can keep going. When he is being shuffled out of defense and off the forward flank, we can have that conversation more seriously.

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33 minutes ago, Win4theAges said:

Injuries and form permitting he'll play till he's 35 he'll get to 300. He has been the heart and soul of the joint for the past decade, deserves every accolade that comes his way.

I certainly hope you’re correct. With Jack Viney suffering re occurring foot problems Jones’ leadership is more important than ever IMHO. His resilience has been outstanding but suffered a little last season. I hope he can make another 3 or 4 years and a few finals appearances ( inc. the big one).

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I think he'll make it to 300.

He prepares diligently and professionally and, touch wood, he hasn't had any major injuries during his career so his body should still be in pretty good nick.  If he can add another string to his bow (eg. a half back flank role) then he can potentially prolong his career even further.

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Jonesy has been a fantastic servant of the Melbourne Football Club. Certainly played many games where he was unsupported and swimming against the tide. And therein lies the challenge for him. I think he got into the habit (understandably) of trying to do it all. Perhaps needs to increasingly play smarter with the realization that the support in the middle is now much greater.

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6 minutes ago, Wiseblood said:

I think he'll make it to 300.

He prepares diligently and professionally and, touch wood, he hasn't had any major injuries during his career so his body should still be in pretty good nick.  If he can add another string to his bow (eg. a half back flank role) then he can potentially prolong his career even further.

Other than a broken neck!

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I reckon he'll fall short of Neita's 300, but should pass Robbie's record.

I can't imagine he'll be around in 4 years time. If he is, it'd be on the back of experience and playing a steadying role off half back.

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1 hour ago, jnrmac said:

Other than a broken neck!

Very true!  I'd forgotten about that.

He doesn't show any ill effects of it, though.  He hasn't had any other major injuries to my knowledge (unless it fails me again!) and I think that holds him in good stead.

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The omens are good. Managed to get through many years of being the main hard body and also hardest worker in the midfield, and get through most of it playing almost every game.

Ultra-professional preparation and recovery works in his favour, too.

Has actually spent less time in the collision packs in the last year or two, which is presumably a pattern for the future and will add to his years in the game.

Also positive is that his game has never relied on speed, even when away from packs. Has definite nous and alertness that lets him get involved and be in the right places.

My tip is he'll get past 300 games, with a real chance the timing will be set by pulling a Crawford and announcing retirement while holding the premiership cup. :lol:

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I think he’ll make it to 300.  His body has been amazingly resilient over the years so hopefully he can hold it together for three more.  The end does come quickly though, so hopefully this calf injury was just a blip along the way.

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Nathan Jones will be around playing for a number of years yet. He had been around for the bad times and now he deserves better.

He is at the top of his game barring any serious injury. He deserves the good times coming. Go Champ!

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if he plays the majority of games he'll get to game 300 (maybe in a GF?!) when he is 32 yo

he will sht it in and finish on ~340 games with a Matt Boyd-type couple of seasons in the back half

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deserves everything and anything positive thing that this football club and the football world offers him now and in the future.

Has been the soul of this club for 5 years now. 

Will retire an absolute legend of the MFC, but geeze it would be nice to see him get to 300 and raise the premiership cup!

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Among Melbourne Football Club's GOATs. 

Of course he'll make 300 !!!!

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1 hour ago, Bitter but optimistic said:

Among Melbourne Football Club's GOATs. 

Of course he'll make 300 !!!!

So you rate him below an alpaca then Uncle Bitter? ;)

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13 hours ago, The Song Formerly Known As said:

deserves everything and anything positive thing that this football club and the football world offers him now and in the future.

Has been the soul of this club for 5 years now. 

Will retire an absolute legend of the MFC, but geeze it would be nice to see him get to 300 and raise the premiership cup!

Our Shane Crawford maybe?

Hope we don't have to wait  4 seasons to lift the cup though...

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He's not in the legendary status for mine, but if he wins a flag and becomes our club games record holder, he then takes his place alongside the greats.

Particularly, if he retains his captaincy, but this isn't a necessity to ensure legendary status.

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3 minutes ago, A F said:

He's not in the legendary status for mine, but if he wins a flag and becomes our club games record holder, he then takes his place alongside the greats.

Particularly, if he retains his captaincy, but this isn't a necessity to ensure legendary status.

Thanks for the update on your eligibility requirements......

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7 minutes ago, A F said:

He's not in the legendary status for mine, but if he wins a flag and becomes our club games record holder, he then takes his place alongside the greats.

Particularly, if he retains his captaincy, but this isn't a necessity to ensure legendary status.

He's a legend.

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2 hours ago, jnrmac said:

Thanks for the update on your eligibility requirements......

Yeah, no worries, sassy.

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On 15/01/2018 at 2:11 PM, DubDee said:

if he plays the majority of games he'll get to game 300 (maybe in a GF?!) when he is 32 yo

he will sht it in and finish on ~340 games with a Matt Boyd-type couple of seasons in the back half

I like to see him start in the middle all the time. He works well as a Bob Murphy type sweeper across the backline later in the game.

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