Shane Williams to prolong Japan stay?
October 26, 2012
Shane Williams salutes the crowd in his final international match © Getty Images
Shane Williams has revealed that he is considering extending his stay with the Mitsubishi Dynaboards for another year.
Williams' current deal expires in December but he is contemplating staying in Japan for another season. With "unbelievable" money on offer in Japan, Williams, who announced his retirement from rugby last season only to sign a deal with the Dynaboars, will consult his family before making the decision.
"If the family aren't happy and don't want me to come out then it is not going to happen," Williams told the BBC. "My family are my first concern. 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 maybe 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."
Williams was originally lined up for an ambassadorial post with the Ospreys when he announced his retirement. But he has been coaching the Dynaboars' backs in Japan and has got the taste for a more hands-on role.
"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," Williams said. "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."
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