Welsh Rugby
Ospreys hint at new role for Williams
ESPNscrum Staff
February 2, 2012
Shane Williams salutes the Welsh crowd, Wales v Australia, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, December 3, 2011
Shane Williams bid farewell to the Test stage back in December © Getty Images

The Ospreys have suggested that Shane Williams is on the verge of agreeing a switch to the backroom staff at the Liberty Stadium ahead of next season.

Reports on Wednesday claimed that the 35-year-old flyer will hang up his boots at the end of the season but the Ospreys declined to comment on the rumours at the time. But with Williams' contract up at the end of the 2012-13 season, the Ospreys have confirmed that discussions are underway over the winger's future.

And the region has hinted at Williams assuming a new role at the Ospreys. The Ospreys statement read:"Following his retirement from international rugby earlier this season we have been involved in ongoing discussions with Shane regarding his future career once he inevitably decides to hang up his boots.

"While these discussions are ongoing and obviously remain confidential, Shane remains contracted to the Ospreys and 100 per cent committed to the team, as you would expect, just as we remain committed to helping Shane make the natural progression from player to administrator.

"True to our ethos of development from within, we hope to be able to confirm shortly a new role for Shane within the organisation, which will enable him to continue serving the region with the same distinction he has as a player.

"Until such a time that discussions have been concluded, there will be no further comment on this matter from either party."

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