Adam Jones' future up in the air
July 14, 2014
Adam Jones' future is still a hot topic in Wales © Getty Images
Wales prop Adam Jones' future is back in the spotlight with reports suggesting he is on the verge of a move to Bristol.
Jones' contract with the Ospreys is up and Wales Online claim he is set to turn down a regional deal and a central contract from the WRU to sign for Championship side Bristol but ESPN understands any move for Jones is still to be finalised.
Central contracts are currently a bone of contention in Wales as the WRU and the regions are yet to agree on a new Participation Agreement which governs funding and player release. At present, the regions claim they will not play anyone who has a central contract.
Jones was one of six players identified by the WRU as potential targets for a central contract last season but just Sam Warburton opted to sign such a deal. Rhys Priestland, Scott Williams and Alun Wyn Jones decided to extend their stays at their regions while Leigh Halfpenny and Jonathan Davies opted to move to the Top 14.
The future of the Welsh tight-head is likely to come to a head in the next fortnight with pre-season training in full flow and the new season, regardless of whether he is in England or Wales, set to start on the weekend of September 6.
If Jones does end up at Bristol, he will join a burgeoning Welsh contingent with Ian Evans, Dwayne Peel, Matthew Morgan and Ryan Jones all at the club.
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