Liam Williams Switches From Scarlets To Cardiff As Official Announcement Made On Wales Star's Future

Wales and Lions star Liam Williams is on his way to the Arms Park, with Cardiff having completed his signing from the Scarlets.

The 30-year-old full-back will come on board in the summer, following fellow internationals Taulupe Faletau and Thomas Young in agreeing terms to join the capital-based region.

After talks were first revealed by WalesOnline in November, Williams will now fill the vacancy created by back-three man Hallam Amos, who is retiring at the end of this season to focus on his medical career.

Like Amos, Williams is part of Wayne Pivac’s elite 38, so the Welsh Rugby Union will effectively cover 80 per cent of his wages.

He rejoined the Scarlets in early 2020 after a successful couple of years with Saracens, but has been limited in appearances due to injury issues. He has made four outings since his return.

Now he is set to embark on a new chapter in a career which has brought him 74 Wales caps and five Lions Test appearances, along with a Champions Cup triumph at Sarries.

Commenting on his move, he said: “I’m really excited to link up with Cardiff in the summer, but remain very grateful to the Scarlets, who have given me so many opportunities in the game and I’m fully committed to them for the rest of the season.

“I have lots of fond memories there but, at this stage of my career, I feel I need a change of scenery and environment to ensure I can stay at the top of my game.

“Cardiff have really impressed me recently and it feels like they are building something special.

“I have a lot of good friends there from the Wales squad and they cannot talk highly enough of the environment and Dai Young has convinced me that Cardiff is the best place for me to further my career.

“They have an enormous amount of talent in the squad, complimented by some really exciting young players, and the competition for places will be fierce, but I am looking forward to playing my part and I am excited to see what we can achieve.”

Director of rugby Dai Young added: “We are all really excited to have signed Liam and look forward to welcoming him to Cardiff next season.

“We knew we had an opening at full-back and Liam’s talent and consistency is abundant for all to see.

“He has been one of the best full-backs in the world for a number of years and brings real quality on both sides of the ball with his attacking ability, kicking game, positioning and bravery.

“He adds further strength and experience to our squad and will not only strengthen us on the pitch, but will be a key role model and leader for some of the young talent coming through in the back three.

“It is important that we have strength and depth across the board and we will continue to add quality to our squad when available.”

News of Williams’ move to Cardiff follows Wales back-rowers Faletau and Young agreeing to join the Arms Park outfit from Bath and Wasps respectively.

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Williams, who came through the system at Waunarlwydd RFC, has made 115 appearances for the Scarlets during two stints, having scored 21 tries in 31 outings for Saracens.

Scarlets general manager Jon Daniels said: “We respect Liam’s decision and know he will give everything for the jersey for the remainder of the campaign.

“Liam made his debut for us 11 years ago and was part of our Championship winning side of 2017. I am sure all our supporters will remember him as a great Scarlet and get behind him and the squad for a big second half to the season.”

The Scarlets announced Williams’ return to the region from Saracens in December 2019, with the move due to take effect at the start of the following season. The back-three man actually linked up with the west Walians in February 2020 but his reappearance on the pitch didn’t happen until the following October amid the Covid pandemic.

They have two other international full-backs on their books in Leigh Halfpenny and Johnny McNicholl, while Ioan Nicholas is highly rated out west, while Steff Evans, Ryan Conbeer, Tom Rogers and Tomi Lewis are among the region’s wings, with Corey Baldwin also able to play out wide.

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