Ospreys Rugby are delighted to confirm that they have reached an agreement with Shane Williams on a deal that will see him end his playing days with the region in May 2012, before taking up an ambassadorial role which will run for an initial two years until summer 2014.
One of the Ospreys ‘originals’, Shane was part of the first ever Ospreys squad in 2003, and has gone on to make 136 appearances for the region, scoring 276 points including a regional record of 54 tries.
Shane will continue playing for the Ospreys until the end of the current season, and in his new role will promote rugby in and around the region whilst also working in conjunction with the Ospreys existing and future commercial partners, local, national and international.
In addition to the ambassadorial role, he will also take up a similar post with the Ospreys long-term partners Cuddy Group, alongside his media commitments and personal business interests.
Ospreys Managing Director, Mike Cuddy, said:
“Shane has been a tremendous servant to the region throughout his long career and I’ve no doubt whatsoever that he can be an even bigger success off the field than he was on it.
“I’m looking forward to working closely with Shane the business man for the next 15 years, just as I have with Shane the rugby player for the last 15.”
Speaking about his new role, Shane commented:
“My future with the Ospreys was never in doubt. Things like this take time to sort out but I’m just delighted that I’m going to continue being a part of the region I love, the Ospreys.”
Shane’s representative, John Morris, Partner, at Acuity Legal Limited, added:
“Shane is delighted that the uncertainty surrounding his future has come to an end, and he is excited about the challenges that lie ahead in his new roles.”