IF there was ever a time for RGC scrum-half Efan Jones to unleash his immense potential, then it is this season.

The former Rugby Academy prospect has endured a frustrating time with injury in recent seasons, but with Alex Schwartz departing for a tilt at the professional game with Cornish Pirates, the door has opened up for Jones to make the position his own ahead of the new Principality Premiership campaign.

There is no doubt that the ex-Wales U18 international has all the talent needed to make a significant impact as a consistent starter this term. He has plenty of senior experience despite his tender age and has been a huge part of Mark Jones’ squad as they have firmly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the top flight.

Having someone like Schwartz as a comfort blanket was undoubtedly a fantastic learning curve for Jones, but now the time has come for him to emerge out of the departed player’s shadow and enhance his reputation as one of the most gifted playmakers anywhere in the country.

He dictates tempo from the scrum-half position extremely well and has a superb vision and delivery at the right moments that have led to some outstanding performances for the Gogs since he joined the senior squad whilst still a schoolboy.

Getting the number nine shirt will not be easy and Jones will need to significantly impress during training sessions and pre-season fixtures, with Cameron Davies and recent signing from WRU National League Division One North side Pwllheli Nick Butterworth both vying for the spot over the summer.

Jones is the favourite to acquire the position and his head coach has shown tremendous faith in him by rewarding the star with a new deal ahead of what is set to be the biggest season of his young career to date.

He has limitless potential if given a consistent run in the side, and if Jones can stay injury free then it promises to be a memorable campaign for the Wrexham native.