Thomas extends deal with Ospreys
June 16, 2008
Wales utility forward Jonathan Thomas has signed a new three-year contract with the Ospreys.
Pembrokeshire-born Thomas put pen to paper on a deal that keeps him at the Liberty Stadium until the end of the 2010-11 campaign, taking the number of players who have committed their long-term future to the region in recent months to 10.
The versatile 25-year old had been with the Ospreys since their inception in 2003 having previously played for Swansea, making his regional debut against Leinster in November that year.
Capable of playing in the second row or in any of the back row positions, Thomas has clocked up 94 Ospreys appearances to date, putting him joint fourth in the region's all-time appearance list, scoring five tries.
He has also been a regular in the Wales set-up since making his international debut in Australia during the 2003 summer tour, playing a part in two Grand Slam successes and travelling to two Rugby World Cups.
Thomas started in both of the recent tests against South Africa, taking his total number of Wales caps to 46 and he has scored seven tries in international rugby.
"We've got a great bunch of players at the region, the core of which has been together for five years now, so there's an excellent spirit and togetherness," said Thomas.
"We've achieved quite a bit of success so far, but we're still a young squad so hopefully we'll be together for a long time yet, enjoying more success in an Ospreys shirt."
Thomas follows fellow Wales internationals Shane Williams, Lee Byrne and Huw Bennett, former All Black Filo Tiatia and youngsters Ben Lewis, Ed Shervington, Leigh Bevan, Gareth Owen and Rhys Webb in signing long-term contracts with the region.
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