Tigers' high hopes for Williams
LEICESTER boss Richard Cockerill insists there will be plenty of opportunities for new signing Owen Williams to showcase his talents at Welford Road.
Scarlets fly-half Williams will leave West Wales for the East Midlands at the end of the season, linking up with one of the strongest squads in the Aviva Premiership.
With Toby Flood and Dan Bowden currently on the Tigers' books and Ryan Lamb joining from Northampton, Williams faces a stiff challenge to make his mark.
But Cockerill insists the 21-year-old, who has been a shining light for the Scarlets in recent months, will get his chance.
"We are looking to bolster our fly-half and goal-kicking options for next season, said Cockerill. "Owen has been very good for the Scarlets, he is a very good goal-kicker, and is still a young man. With George Ford moving on, we wanted to try to get another young player in there to try to develop and bring through. Owen will be one of those.
"He played in the Under-20s World Championships, has played at inside centre and is a big lad. He kicks very well out of hand and, like most Welsh players, he knows how to play. We look forward to having Owen here and we think he has a bright future."
The Scarlets haven't hidden their disappointment at Williams's decision to leave and Cockerill said he did have sympathy with head coach Simon Easterby.
"Wales are like the Irish provinces in that there are some good players who maybe don't get as much game-time as they would like," he added.
"I understand why the Scarlets would be disappointed in him leaving because they have put some time into his development.
"But he came to them from the Ospreys, so it's just one of those things.
"We don't want to upset anyone but it's the nature of the business we are in. Guys see an opportunity at another club and consider moving. We have had it with us and we do it to other teams. Unfortunately, that is the way of the world."