Jones keen to stay with Ospreys
January 20, 2012
Wales prop Adam Jones wants to remain with the Ospreys © Getty Images
Wales prop Adam Jones has confirmed his desire to remain with the Ospreys, but only if the region can put the right deal on the table.
The 30-year-old tight-head has been fielding offers from France, but admitted that he would rather finish his career at the Liberty Stadium.
"If I could get a four-year deal on the table I would snap their hand off because that would take me to the next World Cup," he told The South Wales Evening Post. "I want to stay but if the Ospreys don't want me then I am going to have to go."
Jones, capped 75 times by Wales and twice by the British & Irish Lions, confirmed that he would head overseas if the Ospreys are unable to make a satisfactory offer. The regions are currently coming to terms with a new salary cap - introduced in December - which allows a ceiling of £3.5m to cover European squad members.
"The region have shown nothing but support, but if we don't come to an arrangement and I have to leave, France will be the first place I go," Jones said.
"I would like my heart to rule my head on this decision. There is more money on offer in France and it is stupid money, but there is more to this decision than how much cash you can earn. There are other things to think about.
"A lot of stuff has happened recently because of the salary cap issue. It is a case of the Ospreys board getting the finance stuff sorted. It is a hard situation and you can understand both sides. You have teams relying on tighter budgets but players out of contract have to do the best for themselves. You are coming to a time of the season where these things have to be sorted."
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