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Blow for Scarlets as Welsh international Williams completes switch to Saracens

The back will fill the void left by Toulon-bound Chris Ashton.

Williams recently played his 100th European game for Scarlets.
Williams recently played his 100th European game for Scarlets.
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SARACENS HAVE MOVED quickly to find a replacement for Toulon-bound Chris Ashton with the signing of Welsh international Liam Williams.

The 25-year-old will join the Aviva Premiership side from the Scarlets ahead of next season after a deal was announced this morning.

Williams, who can play at fullback or on the wing, had been the subject of speculation in recent months and despite Scarlets ‘fighting hard’ to retain his services, the appeal of Allianz Park was too much to turn down.

“I am really excited about joining Saracens and having the opportunity to challenge myself in the Aviva Premiership,” he said.

“The club’s reputation speaks for itself and I am looking forward to the next chapter of my career. I wouldn’t be the player I am without the incredible support from the Scarlets’ management, players, back-room staff and passionate supporters.

“I will be giving my all for the remainder of the season and hope to help finish on a high.”

Williams joined the Welsh region in 2011 after an exceptional season with Llanelli RFC and has gone on to score 26 tries in six years with the Scarlets.

The 38-time capped Wales international will remain at Parc y Scarlets until the end of the current season before joining up with his new club.

“I’m very grateful to the Scarlets for giving me an opportunity to play professional rugby and I’d like to thank everyone for their help and support over the last six years,” he added.

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“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club, making life long friends as well as getting the opportunity to develop my game and win international honours.

“We still have it all to play for this season and I will continue to give my all in the Scarlets jersey and will hopefully have an opportunity to play for silverware at the end of the season with what is a great group of boys.”

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