Gloucester sign Williams from Leicester

Date published: January 11 2017

Gloucester have announced the signing of Owen Williams, with the fly-half joining them from Leicester Tigers ahead of the 2017/18 season.

Williams joined the Tigers from the Scarlets in 2012 and has played 81 matches to date, scoring 574 points in his time so far at the club.

The Welshman will make the move to Kingsholm in the summer, and join Billy Burns as options for for the number ten shirt, following the summer departures of Greig Laidlaw and James Hook.

The 24-year-old has represented his country at age group level, and moved to the Premiership after making his breakthrough in West Wales for the Scarlets, before making the switch to Welford Road where he has caught the eye with his composed game management, creativity and reliability from the kicking tee.

The signing of Williams is the fourth new face that Director of Rugby David Humphreys has secured ahead of next season, adding to the capture of back-rower Carl Fearns and the front-row pair of Fraser Balmain and Val Rapava Ruskin.

“I’m delighted that Owen will be joining Gloucester at the end of the season and I’m sure the supporters will look forward to his competition with Billy Burns for the fly-half starting spot,” said Humphreys.

“Top teams throughout Europe have two quality number 10s and Owen’s experience with Leicester in both the Premiership and Europe will add some real quality and depth to a key position in our playing squad.

“He is still a young man with a real ambition to play international rugby and we all believe that Owen has the ability to play a central role in driving Gloucester forward.”

And Williams confirmed that he’s looking forward to the new challenge.

“I am really looking forward to joining Gloucester next season and facing new challenges in my rugby career. Gloucester is a team with a great history who play an exciting brand of rugby, which really appeals to me and I look forward to joining up with my new team mates in the summer,” he said.

“I would like to thank everyone at Leicester Tigers including the fans for the great memories and support they have given me throughout my time at the club, and I am fully committed to them until the end of the season.”

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