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Keeping up with the Joneses

The Selwoods may be the toughest family in footy, but in 2014 we may see a couple of brothers who rival the famous siblings.

As far as pure hunger for the contest goes, it’s hard to go past newly appointed Melbourne co-captain Nathan Jones. But from all accounts his younger brother Zak is just as ferocious when the Sherrin’s in dispute.

“It just comes naturally to me, having three brothers,” the youngest Jones admits.

“We just kind of compete against each other and always have that drive to try to beat each other. I bring that into football too and am probably a little bit more physical than I should be.”

Jones couldn’t have arrived at a more suitable club. The Swans are renowned for their contested style of footy, and Jones says he feels right at home in the competitive environment.

“I love the fact every training session is challenging me,” he says.

“There’s always that competitive edge where everyone wants to beat each other but we all know we’re here to help each other become better players.”

Away from the training track, he’s found Sydney to be a great place to wind down. Jones goes surfing with teammate Luke Parker and loves being around “the hot weather and the beaches”.

“Coming from Melbourne where it’s hot and cold, to where we’ve got straight hot days [is unbelievable],” Jones says.

Jones appears likely to make his debut for Sydney against cross-town rivals Greater Western Sydney next Thursday as part of the NAB Challenge series. If all goes well, he might even be running onto the MCG to take on his brother in the Round 6 match against Melbourne.