Jones agrees new Ospreys deal
February 6, 2012
Prop Adam Jones has committed his future to the Liberty Stadium © Getty Images
Wales prop Adam Jones has signed a new two-year contract with the Ospreys.
The Swansea-based region have confirmed that Jones will remain with them until at least the summer of 2014. The 76 times-capped tight-head put pen to paper on the new deal before helping Wales launch their Six Nations campaign with a dramatic 23-21 victory over Ireland in Dublin on Sunday.
Andrew Hore, the Ospreys' chief operations officer, admitted there had been "considerable interest" from elsewhere in Jones, who was out of contract at the end of this season. But the 30-year-old British & Irish Lions Test forward sees his future in Wales, opting against any possible move to England or France, where former Ospreys James Hook, Mike Phillips and Lee Byrne last year took up lucrative deals with Perpignan, Bayonne and Clermont Auvergne respectively.
Jones said: "Obviously, I am delighted to have sorted out a new deal, which means that I will continue playing for my home region for another two years. This is where I always wanted to be next season, and now it is all done I just want to get on with the job, which is to help the Ospreys be the best we can be.
"As part of the contract discussions we spoke at length about the direction the Ospreys are taking, with the changes that are taking place, and I am genuinely excited about the future, for the region and for myself personally.
"I can understand that fans may be frustrated at the moment, but I genuinely think we are going in the right way. I've been a part of the region for a long time, first at Neath and then with the Ospreys, and although I've done a lot of things, there is still plenty I want to achieve with the Ospreys. I am still ambitious, as are the Ospreys, and I'm excited about what we could achieve together over the coming seasons."
Jones has made more than 150 Ospreys appearances, and last month saw the launch of his testimonial year with them. Hore said: "Adam has been, and continues to be, a fantastic servant for the Ospreys.
"As you would imagine, given his status as one of the leading tight-heads in world rugby, there was considerable interest in his services, but the fact that we have been able to keep hold of him is a huge positive for the region. He epitomises everything that we stand for.
"As a home-grown player proud to represent his region, who has been developed from within to become such a fine ambassador for the game, he is an excellent role model to the younger players in the group. This is great news."
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