Jones rejects French offers

Ospreys skipper agrees long-term deal

By Tony Curtis - Twitter: @SkySportsTC.   Last Updated: 11/04/11 10:35am

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Jones: Turned down the chance to move to France

Jones: Turned down the chance to move to France

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Ospreys captain Alun Wyn Jones has turned down the chance to move to France by committing his long-term future to the region.

Jones has agreed a three-year deal, bucking the trend that has seen James Hook and Lee Byrne join Perpignan and Clermont Auvergne respectively.

And the 25-year-old, who has been capped 48 times, has been won over by the plans the Ospreys have.

"It's flattering to have interest from France and offers from other clubs, but I'm very conscious that the grass isn't always greener on the other side," said Jones.

"I wanted to speak to the coaches and the board, to really understand the details of the changes they are making, and to see what their long term plans are.

"The evolution taking place here is very positive, the new facilities and players coming in makes me excited about the next three years.

"Let's say that it would have been a far more difficult decision to move on than it has been to stay here."

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