Llanelli Scarlets react angrily to fly-half Owen Williams’ move to Leicester Tigers
Welsh region Llanelli Scarlets have reacted angrily to fly-half Owen Williams’ move to Leicester Tigers this summer.
The Leicester Mercury reported last week that the 21-year-old was likely to become Tigers’ fourth fly-half for the 2013/14 season, alongside Toby Flood, Dan Bowden and Ryan Lamb.
Williams has since told the Scarlets he is leaving to come to Leicester and Scarlets' head coach Simon Easterby was frustrated that the promising half-back had announced his departure after “no warning or discussion” with his current club.
The Scarlets claimed they had discussed a new deal with Williams, who has recently made back-to-back man-of-the-match performances for his club in the RaboDirect Pro12 and kicked 21 points against Tigers in the LV= Cup.
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“Owen goes with our best wishes for the future and we wish him every success,” Easterby told the South Wales Evening Post.
“We’d like to be clear that we had discussed a new contract with him, and made his representative fully aware of our willingness to discuss securing his future as a rugby professional with us.
“Unfortunately, this sudden move came to us with no warning or discussion and is a surprise to us in the context of what we would consider to be in the best interests for Owen.”