BOSS Ceri Jones says the Dragons are "in the market for quality players" – with the Rodney Parade region keen on Ospreys fly-half Sam Davies.

Caretaker head coach Jones is in charge of contract renewals and signings for next season with a game controller top of his wishlist.

Wales playmaker Davies, who won the last of his eight caps against Samoa in 2017, is out of contract this summer and out of favour at the Liberty Stadium.

The 25-year-old is on the Dragons' radar with Jones keen to bring in a new 10.

"We are in the market for quality players, we are still looking at bringing a couple of people in. We are very much in the market for quality players," said Jones.

"[Davies] could potentially be one of them, but we need to have a really good look at it and Sam is an Ospreys player. We will have to see what comes of that."

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The Dragons have room in their budget after Wales wing/full-back Hallam Amos announced his departure for Cardiff Blues.

Jones said after the loss to the Ospreys that he was in the market for a playmaker rather than a direct replacement.

He said: "Hallam is a great player but to influence our group we probably need more leaders who can control that game a bit more."

While the Dragons are looking to bring in Davies, former Wales playmaker Gavin Henson is on his way out.

The 37-year-old has played just three times this season and is not getting a new deal after heading to Rodney Parade from Bristol in the summer of 2017.

Josh Lewis and Jason Tovey have shared the 10 jersey recently, Arwel Robson has been plagued by injuries and Jacob Botica is yet to make his regional debut after arriving from RGC last summer.

Jones is in charge of transfer dealings and will find out after the Dragons' Guinness PRO14 double-header in South Africa whether he has been successful in his bid to be permanent successor to Bernard Jackman.

The forwards coach has held the reins since the ex-Ireland hooker was sacked in December.

Chairman David Buttress told the Argus last month that they aim to have decided on the new boss by the fixture against the Scarlets at the end of April.

"As a board we want to get the appointment, although maybe not the announcement, done before Judgement Day," said Buttress.

"We want to know for the players and everyone else who the coach will be for pre-season and there is a shortlist of candidates.

"I am conscious that it is World Cup and there are a lot of good coaches that will come on the market and we have Ceri, who is a credible internal candidate."

Jones' chances would be boosted with a victory in South Africa as the Dragons hunt a first away triumph in the league since Treviso in March, 2015.

They have suffered 42 straight losses leading into Sunday's clash with the Southern Kings, who are one point above them in the battle to avoid being the bottom team in Conference B.