Jones signs new Ospreys deal

Wales prop commits himself to region for next two seasons

Last Updated: 06/02/12 9:31am

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Adam Jones: Has committed to the Ospreys despite interest from elsewhere

Adam Jones: Has committed to the Ospreys despite interest from elsewhere

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Wales prop Adam Jones has signed a new two-year deal that will keep him at the Ospreys until at least the summer of 2014.

The tighthead, who has won 76 caps for his country, helped Wales launch their RBS Six Nations campaign with a dramatic 23-21 victory over Ireland in Dublin on Sunday.

Andrew Hore, the Ospreys' chief operations officer, said Jones, who was out of contract at the end of this season, had attracted "considerable interest" from elsewhere.

But the 30-year-old British and Irish Lions forward sees his future in Wales, opting against any possible move abroad in contrast to international team-mates James Hook, Mike Phillips and Lee Byrne.

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.

Frustrated

"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 appearances for the Ospreys, 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 tightheads 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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