The man who has become Mr Ospreys over the course of a 14-year career with the side, who was born and raised in Swansea, who has made more appearances in black and white – 238 – than any other – is all set to further enshrine his legacy in south Wales.
Unsurprisingly, the reaction has been widespread and overwhelming, the lock’s Twitter timeline awash with delighted supporters expressing their joy.
Here’s how it all unfolded on social media
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Morning all, I have some news I would like to share with you. I’m happy to announce that I have signed a contract extension to June 2021 with the Welsh Rugby Union and Ospreys so will be playing at the Liberty Stadium for the foreseeable future. After serious consideration and taking stock of all options, it is the right decision for my career at this point in time, along with my personal ambitions on and off the field, my welfare and needs of my family. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to tell you directly, in particular to the Ospreys supporters and all those who have supported me during my career to date. Thanks Alun Wyn
— Ospreys (@ospreys) July 9, 2019
How’s this for a good news story straight from the captain’s mouth? 🏴 Newyddion calonogol i gefnogwyr oddi wrth gapten Cymru fore ‘ma.
— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) July 9, 2019
Fantastic news coming out of the @ospreys camp today
Inspirational #leader #lion and sometimes #baller (check that no look pass 😉) @AlunWynJones has signed up until 2021#2MoreYears in the #GuinnessPRO14 https://t.co/h00w9qX3pB pic.twitter.com/8JFd8wcW1G
— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) July 9, 2019
How the media reacted
Really pleased to hear that Alun Wyn Jones is staying with the Ospreys. What a servant of the Welsh game he has been.
— Simon Thomas (@simonrug) July 9, 2019
Alun Wyn Jones signs a contract extension to June 2021 with the WRU and Ospreys. The Wales skipper says: ‘It is the right decision for my career at this point in time, along with my personal ambitions on and off the field, my welfare and needs of my family.’
— Katie Sands (@KESands) July 9, 2019
What the fans are saying…
— Emma Powell (@EmmaLouS85) July 9, 2019
— Dan Peterson (@DanSPeterson) July 9, 2019
Not an Ospreys supporter but great news for Welsh rugby and you.
— Barry Brownett-Evans (@evanabove) July 10, 2019
Thank you AWJ, your dedication to our game is 100% on a Friday off the field, you are a proud Welshman. Here’s to another season
— Wayne Wilkins (@Creative__Looks) July 10, 2019
— Gary Brown (@GarPBrown) July 10, 2019
— Andy Jones (@walsalltaff) July 9, 2019