Ospreys Extend Contracts Of Outstanding Young

By - | 28/04/2006

The Ospreys region today confirmed that two outstanding young players had signed contract extensions Alun Wyn-Jones (Second Row) and James Hook (Outside Half) have committed themselves to Ospreys Rugby until the end of the 2008/ 2009 season

The Ospreys region today confirmed that two outstanding young players had

signed contract extensions

Alun Wyn-Jones (Second Row) and James Hook (Outside Half) have committed

themselves to Ospreys Rugby until the end of the 2008/ 2009 season

Alun Wyn-Jones is 21 years old, stands at 6ft 7in and weighs 18st 7lbs - he

is a Wales Under-21 international

James Hook is also 21 years old, stands at 6ft and weighs 12st 10lbs - he is

also a Wales Under-21 international

Comment from Regional Rugby Manager, Derwyn Jones:

"Successful sides strike the balance between having the optimum mix of

experienced players and young talent, and we are pleased to confirm contract

extensions for two of the most talented young players in Welsh rugby. James

Hook has had two outstanding seasons with a successful Neath side and he is

rewarded with a full time contract with the Ospreys. Alun-Wyn Jones stands 6 ft 7" tall and

originally hails from the Swansea club. He is combining a Professional Rugby career with

studying Law at Swansea University and has taken the opportunity to

impress within the professional environment. Alun has already tasted success

in an Ospreys shirt this season and formed what is potentially a key boiler house

partnership for us with Ian Evans. The Rugby Management are delighted that Alun

and James have committed their future to Ospreys Rugby .

The Academy structure in Wales has been active for a few seasons, and now we are seeing

evidence of it working. We at the Ospreys realise the value of the academy as being paramount

to the future successes of the region and are greatly appreciative of the work the WRU and in

particular Steve Lewis has done. Not only by seeking finance but also on the acquisition of key

personnel to manage the academies effectively "

Commenting on his new contract, James Hook said:

"There has been some speculation over my future over recent months but there

is only one place where I want to play professional rugby and that is with

the Ospreys. I am delighted to sign up for the next three years and I would like

to thank the Ospreys coaches and board for giving me this excellent opportunity.

I have enjoyed my time with Neath and I feel I have had enjoyed

the best facilities and coaches which has helped ensure I have achieved everything

I had hoped to date in my career. I hope now to achieve similar success in a fully

professional arena and signing with the Ospreys should give me this chance"

Comment from Alun-Wyn Jones:

"This season I feel I have properly started my professional career, having

now made a number of starts for the Ospreys. I am developing as a player

and as an individual within a hugely professional environment and I cannot

imaging playing for anyone else. I am looking forward to the next few years

and I hope they will be successful from both a personal and team

perspective. I would like to finally thank Swansea University for their

continued support of my Professional rugby career and also the Ospreys

Directors and coaches for the faith that they have shown in me."