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Alun Wyn in no hurry to leave Wales

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 10, 2012

Alun Wyn Jones

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ALUN Wyn Jones has explained why he spurned wealthy French clubs who wanted to make him worth his weight in gold.

The reverberations of Jamie Roberts's decision to quit the Blues are still rippling through Welsh rugby.

Jones was faced with a similar decision at the Ospreys last year, with a number of French clubs courting him, but he opted to stay with his home region and he has never doubted whether he made the right call.

"No regrets. I don't think you can afford to," he said of his decision to remain in Wales.

"It is what it is. I am enjoying my rugby.

"My game was probably in the doldrums about 18 months ago.

"But I'm pretty happy these days, so no, no regrets."

Since signing his three-year deal with the Ospreys, skipper Jones has hit a rich vein of form, inspiring his team to the Pro12 title last season and not featuring in a losing side at any point of the region's campaign.

Swansea-born, he clearly relishes playing for the Ospreys and is on course for his second successive Lions tour at the end of the season.

He gave the French offers due consideration — but reasoned that he still had much to achieve in Wales.

"It was a bit different for me," he said. "Going out there as a forward can shorten your career, whereas if you go as a back you will be okay," he said.

"I was captain as well and didn't really have a great first season, so I felt I had unfinished business as skipper of the Ospreys and we were still working towards what we had set out to achieve, reconfiguring the squad, and I'm happy I stayed to be part of that.

"You can never say never to the possibility of going out there.

"I'm 27 now. It could come to the point where the Ospreys don't want me any more.

"If they don't want me, I'll have to look elsewhere. I'm realistic about that."

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