Liam Williams is here to explain the human side to the Saracens salary cap saga.
The Wales and Lions full-back is the highest profile player to leave the disgraced Premiership club, after Saracens were hammered by a £5.36million fine and 105- point deduction for breaking financial rules.
It was confirmed last week that Williams will re-join the Scarlets after securing early release from the relegated English and European champions.
Liam Williams has been stuck in the middle of a storm during the past four months at Saracens
The 28-year-old has not played this season yet, having significantly damaged ligaments in his ankle in the week of 2019’s World Cup semi-final, but is fit for Wales’ trip to Twickenham in the Six Nations this Saturday.
And now back Williams is ready to open up to Sportsmail about a horrible four months where he has been stuck in the middle of a storm.
‘It was a tough time and quite abrupt how it all ended,’ he says.
‘Two weeks before the Six Nations I had to put my house on the market and find a new one here in Wales quickly.
Wales and Lions full-back is the highest profile player to leave the disgraced Premiership club
‘That was the worst part. I had to call my girlfriend Sophie as soon as I had to make the decision, and she was upset.
‘She was a bit scared about moving house. I said “leave it to me”.
‘We thought we had six months left in London to spend as much time with our friends as we could before the end of the season.
‘That was the hardest part.’
He also details how it happened.
‘My early move had nothing to do with the issues at Saracens,’ adds Williams who intended to go back to Wales in the summer regardless his former club’s relegation.
Wales star Liam Williams has re-joined the Scarlets after securing early release from Saracens
‘It was to do with the injury. I was going to be signed for a year but only play a few games, so said: “I’m happy to go back” and home being home it was easier.
‘I’m not getting any younger, so it was time to come home, settle down here, maybe start a family and pass my knowledge onto the younger guys. Hopefully Scarlets can go and win the Challenge Cup this season.
‘In the Six Nations I wouldn’t have been with Sarries anyway.
‘There would have been a handful of games left after, so I understand their reasoning for letting me go back to Wales.’
It is sorted now. Williams has left Saracens, has moved to a new home and is a Scarlet again. His return is a huge boost to Welsh rugby.
The 28-year-old is fit for Wales’ trip to Twickenham in the Six Nations this Saturday
He – like the rest of the Sarries players – bears no fault for the murky financial dealings their club undertook.