Jones sets out to clean up his game

Jones sets out to clean up his game

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Jones sets out to clean up his game

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Jermaine Jones has earned the reputation of a hard-tackling destroyer in central midfield, play that has made him a bit of a card magnet for both club and country.

More than a decade into his professional career and at age 30, Jones is setting out to clean up his act.

According to reports from Germany, Jermaine Jones is making a bet with Schalke general manager Horst Heldt that he won't get more than five yellow cards this upcoming season. This after earning 14 in 20 league games last season even while serving an eight-week ban for being found guilty of deliberately stomping on the foot of an already-injured opponent.

Jones had also been carded in four of his first five appearances for the U.S. men's national team in 2012 before emerging from the first two World Cup qualifiers without any cautions. As a new season Bundesliga approaches in a month, it appears that Jones will be trying to turn over a new leaf.

Think there's any shot Jones wins this bet? Do you like that he is consciously trying to play smarter? Worried that he'll lose his essence as a player?

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