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Williams set to stay at Ospreys

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Shane Williams missed Wales’ Six Nations defeat in France on Saturday

Shane Williams is set to end his career at the Ospreys.

The 34-year-old Wales winger says in his newspaper column that he will sign a two-year deal with the Welsh region which is likely to be his last.

Williams has been linked with a move to France where fellow Ospreys James Hook and Lee Byrne are heading next season, while Gavin Henson is already there.

“I’m going to finish my career in Wales by signing a new two-year contract with the Ospreys,” he told the Western Mail.

“That will be the last I sign as a player unless something extraordinary happens.

“I did receive a bit of interest from France, and as a professional player you have no choice but to consider things like that.

“But I never really wanted to follow the likes of James Hook, Lee Byrne and Gavin Henson by going out there.

“Staying at the Ospreys, a team I love, was always my preferred option.”

The British and Irish Lion, who has scored a record 53 tries in 79 Wales caps, will miss the Ospreys’ title push as he is expected to be out for three months.

Williams said he suffered his knee injury in a challenge by Luke Fitzgerald in Wales’ 19-13 Six Nations win over Ireland in Cardiff, forcing him to miss the 2809 defeat to France on Saturday.

Williams, who only returned from two months out with a shoulder injury just before the Six Nations, is now recovering from another long-term injury blow ahead of his planned international retirement after the Rugby World Cup this autumn.

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