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Ospreys Desperate to Keep Jones
Lure of French rugby and big money could tempt star away
Posted Dec 23, 2011 by Chris White
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Ospreys coach Sean Holley is concerned that Adam Jones could become the latest star to pack up and move to France for the bigger money. The Wales and British and Irish Lions prop has revealed that he could follow several of his team-mates across the English Channel, something his coach is desperate to prevent.
James Hook, Mike Phillips and Lee Byrne have all left the Welsh club in recent seasons, and Ospreys fear that Jones could be the fourth. “You can’t blame the players for taking up the offers,” Holley said. “We’ve experienced it several times already, but we want to keep him here. Adam’s a local boy and he loves playing here.”
30-year old Jones has been capped 76 times by Wales and admitted that “I am out of contract in June and I have decisions to make. I would consider playing in France. I have a young family and have to look after them. I’ve had no concrete offers, but I would be happy to go there.”
At present, there is a salary cap in place for the Welsh clubs, and several coaches have called for that to be raised or abolished to prevent their top stars moving abroad. As well as Jones, Wales and Lions team-mate Gethin Jenkins has hinted that he could leave the Cardiff Blues for France in the summer, while Luke Charteris has been linked with a move to Perpignan to join James Hook.