Williams to extend Japan stint?

Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:15
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Wales legend Shane Williams is considering extending his career in Japan for a second year.

Wales legend Shane Williams is considering extending his career in Japan for a second year.

Williams, Wales' record try-scorer, made a U-turn on his rugby retirement in June and joined Japanese club Sagamihara for a year.

The 2008 IRB Player of the Year has since become more interested in coaching and is contemplating extending his stay.  

"My family are my first concern," Williams told Scrum V.

"The reason I retired from international and professional rugby was to spend more time with the kids and the family and fortunately I'm doing a lot of that and it is great.

"If they don't want to come out here next season and they are not happy with me coming out, then I won't come out. The family are enjoying it at the moment

"Financially it would be easy for me to stay, the financial gains are incredible and the money you could make in Japan at the moment is just unbelievable - and that is a big part of it because I'm looking after my family.

"There are pros and cons. There may be an option to stay out here next year and be involved again and there are options back home.

"And if I stay in the UK and take some of the other options I've got, I'll be just as happy.

"I'm still enjoying playing rugby, the pressure is off as I haven't got people watching my every move and criticising or praising me. I can just get on with things.

"There's a little bit of pressure from the Japanese to perform well for the Dynaboars but I can handle that side of stuff.

"If you would have asked me 12 months ago when I decided to retire from the Ospreys, I was going to go down another path and stay away from the coaching side of things," he added.

"But since I've come out, I've enjoyed coaching and being involved in the meetings and discussing how we should play and how to improve the side. It is something I want to get more involved with."