Ospreys won't 'blame' Jones for exit
December 19, 2011
Adam Jones could leave the Ospreys in the summer © Getty Images
Ospreys coach Sean Holley has admitted that the region may struggle to retain the services of Wales tight-head Adam Jones.
The 30-year-old is out of contract at the Liberty Stadium at the end of the season and has been linked with a move to France.
The Ospreys have recently allowed Wales internationals James Hook, Lee Byrne and Mike Phillips to leave for Perpignan, Clermont Auvergne and Bayonne respectively, with Jones apparently the next in line for a lucrative overseas stint.
Dragons lock Luke Charteris, a star of Wales' Rugby World Cup campaign, has already confirmed that he will be seeking employment overseas next season.
Holley believes that it is hard to 'blame' players for seeking new experiences, but he also confirmed that the Ospreys want Jones - a British & Irish Lion in 2009 - on their books going forward.
"You can't blame players for taking up offers," he told BBC Sport. "We've experienced it already but we want Adam to be at the region. He is a local boy, I taught him when he was 17, so he has been here a long time and he loves playing at this region."
At the other end of the experience scale, the Ospreys have handed a three-year development contract to Swansea fly-half Sam Davies. The 18-year-old, a Wales age-grade international, has scored 77 points in eight games for the All Whites this season.
"With players like Matthew Morgan and Dan Biggar at the Ospreys, who are both still very young, I know competition will be tough but if I continue to work hard then hopefully in a couple of years I can push through and challenge them for the No.10 spot," he said.
"I've really enjoyed playing for Swansea this season. It's good experience for me, to be part of a young team that is looking to improve and I want to learn from every game I play."
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