â00To captain the British Lions is the top job,â0 said Jones, who will again take on leadership responsibilities with his provincial side after lifting the EDF Energy Cup at Twickenham last season.
â00That would be the ultimate honour, thereâ00s no going away from that.â0
After missing out on selection for the original Lions squad three years ago and, more recently, being ruled out of the 2007 World Cup due to injury, Jones certainly wonâ00t be taking anything for granted despite his success at domestic and international level.
â00I had my heart set on the World Cup last year and didnâ00t get to do it so, over the last couple of years, Iâ00ve learnt just to focus on the here and now.
â00Itâ00s a real clichÃ© and everyone will say it but Iâ00ve had things taken away and I donâ00t think I could emotionally deal with that happening again. Iâ00m just going to focus on making sure Iâ00m fit and in one piece, and if Iâ00m playing well enough, then Iâ00ll hopefully go (on the Lions tour). Weâ00ll see.â0
Jones was a star performer for the Lions in New Zealand in 2005
As for his role with the Ospreys, Jones was delighted to be given the responsibility of leading one of Europeâ00s most-fancied teams into what he hopes will be the most exciting season in their short history.
â00There were a lot of contenders again this year, which is good for me. Iâ00ve been lucky enough to be given the role. Itâ00s something thatâ00s very close to my heart and something I treasure.
â00To be a captain is an ultimate honour. Whatâ00s great about it now, is that there are other people to share the responsibility. It doesnâ00t all fall on one personâ00s doorstep and that helps day-to-day. That certainly helps during game time.
â00I donâ00t profess to know everything about everything or be the complete player. Thereâ00s boys there who can have an input and thatâ00s what will allow us to go to the next level.â0
The No8 skippered Wales to the Triple Crown and Grand Slam last year
For Jones, continuing to gain captaincy experience is vital. The former Celtic Warrior believes that time in the captainâ00s armband will help him to keep on improving, something which can only be a good thing for the Ospreys, Wales and, quite possibly, the Lions.
â00I said last year that I donâ00t profess to be the perfect captain. I think itâ00s a role you grow into over time. I think experience is key to it.
â00Itâ00s making those decisions under pressure time and time again. Itâ00s making the right decision under pressure, itâ00s learning to dictate, itâ00s learning to listen, itâ00s learning to be receptive - you have to facilitate others.
â00You canâ00t pick up a book and read (about captaincy). Itâ00s something Iâ00ve always said Iâ00m going to try and grow into and do my own way.
â00So far, itâ00s been pretty good and, hopefully, if I can be successful with the Ospreys and develop and learn, it will allow me to continue my role with the national team.â0