Alun Wyn Jones welcomes Hook with open arms
May 21, 2014
Alun-Wyn Jones and James Hook belt out the national anthem while on Wales duty © Getty Images
Ospreys second row Alun Wyn Jones has said he would welcome former team-mate James Hook back to the region "with open arms" after the fly-half's current club Perpignan were relegated from the Top 14.
Ospreys are in talks with Hook about a return to the region, whom he left in July 2011 to play in France. It is thought Hook has a release clause in his contract that can be activated after Perpignan's relegation, which was confirmed on the final day of the season after a narrow 25-22 defeat by Clermont.
"I'd welcome him with open arms but he's got to do what's best for him," Jones said told BBC Sport. "Any player or any supporter of Ospreys rugby would be pretty happy to see anybody like that walk through the door."
Hook has been linked with newly-promoted French side Lyon, as well as Aviva Premiership club Gloucester. Hook impressed in France and was named Perpignan's club captain before being awarded a four-year contract extension in September 2013.
The future of Hook's Perpignan team-mate Luke Charteris is also surrounded by speculation, with Ospreys also interested in bringing him to the RaboDirect PRO12.
Hook, Charteris and Jones will all appear in Warren Gatland's Probables v Possibles trial match for the Wales tour to South Africa this summer, although Jones admitted he did not want transfer talk to interfere with international preparations.
"We're linked to Luke Charteris as well. I haven't spoken to the boys and being in the [Wales] camp I'm not going to press them," he said. "It's up to them where they want to go."
Jones himself signed a new contract with Ospreys in January which will keep him at the region until summer 2016.
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