Wales fullback Liam Williams will reportedly leave Saracens before the Six Nations as the European champions attempt to comply with the salary cap as quickly as possible.
Director of rugby Mark McCall revealed that the currently injured 28-year-old may have played his last game for the club.
“I think he might be fit for the Six Nations, but I don’t think he will be fit for us before the Six Nations,” said McCall, adding “it is possible” his departure would now be brought forward.
Yesterday: Stephen Jones guarantees that no big names will leave Saracens.— Josh Gardner (@joshgardner) January 8, 2020
Today: All the papers reporting Liam Williams, Michael Rhodes, Callum Clark and Juan Figalo will be gone by the end of the month, with Brad Barritt and Richard Wigglesworth to follow.
“If anything has to happen it will be players who will be coming towards the end of their careers in all probability, or their contract ends in four months’ time,” he said starkly.
“It is tricky and it is not ideal. If something needs to be done, it needs to be done and we will do it as well as we can.
“But I am really desperate to make sure that those players leave the club amicably and on good terms because they have given a lot in the time they have been here.”
Richard Wigglesworth’s move into coaching could now be accelerated while Brad Barritt, Alex Lozowski and Michael Rhodes contracts all expire at the end of the season.