By Chris Foy for the Daily Mail and Will Kelleher For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:29 GMT, 7 January 2020 | Updated: 22:29 GMT, 7 January 2020
Saracens will not be forced to release any of their leading England players to comply with the salary cap this season — but Liam Williams is heading back to Wales sooner than expected.
The Premiership and European champions are hurriedly seeking to slash their wage bill in order to avoid another breach of the cap, having been fined £5.36million and docked 35 league points for exceeding the limit during three recent seasons.
Returning chief executive Edward Griffiths has admitted Saracens must offload players or reduce salaries to be compliant this season and Williams is set to lead an abrupt exodus.
Injured full back Liam Williams (above) will make an early than expected move to Scarlets
The 28-year-old Welsh Lion had already agreed to move back to the Scarlets in the summer, but Sportsmail understands that his departure will now happen by the end of this month.
The injured Williams is thought to earn £230,000 a year and, as he has not played this season, his entire wage will not count within the cap calculations.
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