26 February 1981
2000 National AFL Draft No. 60
2001 AFL Debut
2007 Leading goalkicker
Drafted from Sturt by the Kangaroos, with their fourth round selection (number 60 overall) in 2000, Corey has developed into one of the competition’s most dynamic small forwards.
Corey managed 19 games during his first two seasons with the Kangaroos, yet took a giant leap in 2003, kicking 27 goals in 19 consistent matches. In 2005 he continued to play good football kicking 38 goals for the Kangaroos while he spent further time up the ground and was rewarded with an equal fifth in the clubs Best & Fairest.
His form in 2005 continued into the 2006 season where he notched up his 100th game and again was a consistent player for the Roos, both in the midfield and forward line finishing with 22 goals for the season and scoring highly in the clubs Best & Fairest Award.
2007 saw even further improvement as Corey finished with 46 goals to take out the club goalkicking award. He has become one of the competition’s elite forwards and is a nightmare for opposition coaches because of his ability to play ‘tall’ or ‘small’.
Jones was under pressure in 2008 to retain his spot in the North Melbourne side and despite a niggling foot injury, he managed 33 goals for the year.
Trade speculation surrounded Jones at the beginning of 2009 and a disappointing start to the year saw him feature in just one of the first 11 matches. However Darren Crocker’s appointment as caretaker coach provided him with a clean slate and was the catalyst behind a return to the senior side. The number 21 played nine matches in a row before partaking in the Roosters’ finals campaign.
A lovely left-footer with the trademark skill required at the top level, Corey is a valuable member of the Kangaroos side and always provides a spark when the chips are down.