Bristol quiet on Ryan Jones speculation
January 16, 2014
Ryan Jones has been linked with Bristol © Getty Images
Bristol coach Sean Holley refused to be drawn on reports linking the Championship side with Welsh No.8 Ryan Jones.
Reports in the Welsh press on Wednesday said Jones had penned a two-year deal with Bristol worth £200,000 annually. But Holley, who coached Jones at the Ospreys, would not comment on the club's move for the hugely experienced back-rower.
"Unfortunately he's in contract so I can't confirm or deny whether the story is true," Holley told the BBC. "I think he's a fantastic player, a great ambassador and he would be a tremendous acquisition for any club."
Bristol have already recruited Bath's Anthony Perenise and Sale's Dwayne Peel ahead of next term and Holley revealed he was a fan of Jones, but they have held discussions with a number of players.
"We've been talking to a lot of players - Welsh, English, Irish, Scottish - and Ryan is a big name," Holley added. "What I will say is I've got a lot of time for Ryan Jones."
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