Scott Williams wants to stay with Scarlets if row can be resolved

Scarlets centre Scott Williams
Scarlets centre Scott Williams

Centre Scott Williams says if the the Welsh Rugby Union and the regions can solve their ongoing dispute then he will stay in Wales.

The Wales centre, 23, is out of contract with the Scarlets at the end of the season.

Simon Easterby, the Scarlets coach, has confirmed Williams and Rhys Priestland have been offered new contracts.

"If they sort everything out, then hopefully I can stay here," said Williams.

"That's the big question and it could take a while and it's a little bit frustrating, not knowing when things are going to be sorted out.

"But I am sure they are trying to sort it out as soon as they can."

He is one of a number of Welsh international players, including Priestland, Sam Warburton, Leigh Halfpenny, Alun Wyn Jones and Adam Jones who are out of contract.

Williams has been linked with Wasps, who are coached by former Wales prop Dai Young, the former Cardiff Blues boss.

But all players in Wales are in limbo as they wait to see if the ongoing row between the WRU and the four Welsh regions is resolved.

The WRU and the regions - Scarlets, Ospreys, Cardiff Blues and Newport Gwent Dragons - are locked in a bitter dispute over funding, the exodus of Welsh players and an Anglo-Welsh league.

The WRU has sent its four regions a new participation agreement in a bid to avert the possibility of them breaking away and playing English clubs next season.

Williams admits the uncertainty about where players will be playing next season can be a distraction and frustrating.

"You try to not let it affect you too much because it can affect your performance on the field," said Williams

"It is frustrating for players, with everything that is going on... not knowing where you are going to be playing or who you are going to be playing next season.

"Hopefully, they will come to some sort of agreement soon and everything can be sorted."

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