Wales prop Adam Jones reveals desire to remain at Ospreys

Adam Jones
Jones has won 76 Test caps since his Wales debut against England in 2003

Wales prop Adam Jones has expressed his desire to remain at Ospreys if they offer him a four-year contract.

The British and Irish Lions tight-head has been offered "stupid money" if Jones moves to France when his Ospreys deal expires at the end of the season.

Jones has been at Ospreys since their formation in 2003, when regional rugby was introduced in Wales.

"If I could get a four-year deal on the table I would snap their hand off," said the 30-year-old.

"That would take me to the next World Cup.

"I want to stay but if the Ospreys don't want me then I am going to have to go.

"I have had offers from everywhere but staying with the Ospreys would be ideal.

"The region have shown nothing but support, but if we don't come to an arrangement and I have to leave.

"France will be the first place I go.

"There is more money on offer in France and it is stupid money, but there is more to this decision than how much cash you can earn.

"There are other things to think about."

Jones' statement that he wants to remain at the The Liberty Stadium and in Wales will be a boost to club and country as the Welsh Rugby Union fears the player exodus to France's big-money Top 14 league is set to continue..

James Hook, Mike Phillips and Lee Byrne left the Ospreys for France after the 2011 Rugby World Cup and they will be joined by Wales team-mate Luke Charteris next season.

Jones' fellow Wales and Lions prop Gethin Jenkins has also hinted he could leave the Cardiff Blues for France when his contract expires in the summer of 2012.

Jones has developed into one of the finest tight-head props in world rugby and he already has plenty of offers should he want to leave Ospreys and Wales.

But he told the South Wales Evening Post newspaperexternal-link: "I am an Ospreys boy.

"I enjoy life here and the future at the region is bright with the young kids coming through.

"I hope I can remain here but I will see how it goes over the next couple of weeks. Hopefully, it will be sorted. I would like my heart to rule my head on this decision.

"A lot of stuff has happened recently because of the salary cap issue.

"It is a case of the Ospreys board getting the finance stuff sorted. It is a hard situation and you can understand both sides.

"You have teams relying on tighter budgets but players out of contract have to do the best for themselves.

"You are coming to a time of the season where these things have to be sorted."