Ospreys prop Adam Jones ‘probably staying’ in Wales
Ospreys prop Adam Jones reveals that he is likely to extend his career in Wales
Adam Jones has revealed that he will probably stay in Wales as he decides where to continue his domestic rugby career.
The Wales and Ospreys tight-head prop is out of contract with the region in May and has been courted by clubs in England and France for next season.
I will hopefully have everything done this week [in terms of my contract future]
The 32-year-old has not revealed if he will stay in Ospreylia or sign for one of the three regions, or if he’ll join Wales captain Sam Warburton in taking up a contract with the WRU.
“I’ll probably be staying in Wales,” Jones told the BBC for his regular column during the Six Nations.
Deemed to be one of Wales’ “big six”, he has also been considered by the Welsh Rugby Union for a central contract.
After a difficult season for the Welsh regions with uncertainty over the future of European domestic rugby and with more internationals opting to pursue more lucrative contracts across the River Severn, Jones remains the big name yet to commit.
While Warburton opted for the security of a central deal, which could see him play domestically for current club Cardiff Blues if the regions agree to a policy change, Blues colleague Leigh Halfpenny has accepted a money-spinning deal to join reigning Heineken Cup champions Toulon.
Scarlets duo Rhys Priestland and Scott Williams both agreed new deals with the West Wales regions while Alun Wyn Jones chose to re-sign with Ospreys rather than take a central contract and the popular prop could join his namesake.
“I will hopefully have everything done this week [in terms of my contract future],” he added.
“But I’ve been hoping for that for the last month so I’m not going to cross my fingers.
“It’s dragging on a bit now. I’ve got to make sure everything’s right, but hopefully this week and touch wood, [it will be] sorted by the weekend. [And] yes, I’ll probably be staying in Wales.”
Keeping one of Wales’ most consistent performers at home will be a major boost for the union after Halfpenny and a further quartet of internationals decided their careers lie elsewhere.
Ospreys hooker Richard Hibbard has already announced his departure to Premiership side Gloucester, Scarlets centre Jonathan Davies opted to join Clermont Auvergne and Ospreys lock Ian Evans will join Halfpenny in Toulon.
Injured Cardiff Blues and Wales lock Bradley Davies will head to Wycombe to join London Wasps while Ryan Jones has been heavily linked with a switch to Premiership promotion hopefuls Bristol.
In a boost to regional rugby, France-based players Lee Byrne and Aled Brew have chosen to join the ambitiously developing Newport Gwent Dragons for 2014-15.