Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Leicester Tigers have completed a deal to bring talented flay half Owen Williams from the Welsh side Scarlets to Welford Road at the end of the season continuing their spree of signing young players with high potential.
The 21 year old, who has made seven first team appearances for the Welsh club this season, is in the final year of his development contract with the club and with his parent club not opening negotiations over a professional contract, he was free to move anywhere and he has chosen Welford Road.
Simon Easterby, the coach of the Scarlets stated that he was extremely disappointed at the manner in which the move took place and has left him surprised to say the least. He stated that the move came about without any prior warning or even discussion with the club. Williams becomes the second fly half that the Leicester Tigers have signed ahead of the new season of the Aviva Premiership after completing the signing of Ryan Lamb from their fellow Aviva Premiership rivals the Northampton Saints just last month.
And the youngster will join a field of extremely high quality fly halves of international caliber at the Welford Road club with the likes of Dan Bowden, Toby Flood as well as Lamb already there. The youngster who was born in Neath has been extremely impressive in his role as fly half for the Scarlets in the absence of their regular fly half.
And although his move to the Leicester Tigers has left a bad taste in the mouth of the Scarlets, Easterby stated that he will give the youngster all his best wishes before he finally makes his move to England and is hopeful the youngster will make a name for himself there too.