New Ospreys deal for Jones
Under-fire Wales star commits to region until 2014
Last Updated: November 24, 2010 3:34pm
Jones: Staying at Ospreys
Wales back-rower Ryan Jones has signed a new deal with the Ospreys that will keep him at the region until 2014.
Jones made his debut for the Swansea-based outfit over six years ago and has since gone on to win 45 caps for Wales as well as playing in three British and Irish Lions Tests.
The 29-year-old is delighted to commit his future to the Ospreys and said that he hopes to stay at the region until his retirement.
"Obviously, I am delighted that I've been able to agree this new contract and get everything signed up," he said.
"I've always had fantastic support from everybody involved with the Ospreys, and it's where I feel is home, not only for me, but also for my family.
"The Ospreys are my region, my team, and that will always be the case even when I've finished playing. I still believe that we are on the verge of something special with the set-up we have here.
"The players and the coaches are working hard together, and I want to be a part of it. I don't want to play anywhere else, this is where I want to see out my career."
Ospreys elite performance director Andrew Hore added: "It's fantastic news for everybody involved with the Ospreys that Ryan has signed this new contract.
"It's important that we have individuals here who want to take us forward as an organisation.
"Ryan certainly fits that description, as a rugby player and also, importantly, as a person. He's been an Osprey for a number of years now, and he really feels at home here."
The announcement of his new contract comes five days after Jones was told he would not be keeping the Wales captaincy for the clash with New Zealand on Saturday.
He was heavily criticised for committing the infringement that allowed Fiji to grab a 16-16 draw at the Millennium Stadium last Friday, although some have claimed he was made a scapegoat for the team's poor performance.