Liam Williams has said that an opportunity to return to the Scarlets was “too good to turn down” after he rejoined the region from Saracens this week.

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The full-back was only due to move back to Wales at the end of the season, but the deal has been brought forward and he will be able to help the Scarlets, who sit in third in Conference B of the Guinness PRO14, in the rest of their campaign. 

He thanked Saracens for the time he spent there, saying on Instagram: “The environment has undoubtedly developed me as a player and a person.” 

During his two-and-a-half-year stint in London, the 28-year-old won two Gallagher Premiership titles and the Heineken Champions Cup. 

However, the lure of rejoining the Scarlets – whom he signed for as a 20-year-old – was obviously too great. He said: “The opportunity to return home to the Scarlets was too good to turn down and I am incredibly excited about the future.” 

Williams’ return to Wales was announced in December, long before Saracens were handed their automatic relegation from the Premiership. This may have been a deciding factor in working out an earlier exit from Allianz Park. 

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The 62-cap Wales international has been nursing an ankle injury suffered during the World Cup but is nearing a return. 

Regarding his rehab, he said he is “working hard on my recovery and can’t wait to get back on the pitch” which could possibly be this weekend.

The Scarlets travel to Munster on Saturday and Wales may choose to release him to play in this fixture in preparation for their trip to Twickenham the week after to face England in the Six Nations. 

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Williams won the PRO12 title in his final game with the Scarlets in 2017 and he will be back at Parc y Scarlets after the Six Nations, which will be a major boost as they kick on for the rest of the season.  

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