Scarlets offer key duo new contracts
January 7, 2014
Scott Williams is a key member of Wales' midfield © Getty Images
The Scarlets have offered contracts to both Scott Williams and Rhys Priestland but coach Simon Easterby admits the uncertainty facing Wales' four regions is harming the prospects of retaining their best talent.
Alongside Sam Warburton, Adam Jones, Alun Wyn Jones and Leigh Halfpenny, Wales have a number of players out of contract at the end of the season with all six attracting interest from both England and France.
The Scarlets have already lost Jonathan Davies to Clermont Auvergne ahead of next term but Easterby has confirmed the region have made "firm offers" for both Williams and Priestland.
However, as the battle between the regions and the WRU shows no signs of abating and a compromise over just where the regions will be playing their rugby next season still a way off, Easterby admits the players who are weighing up their futures are hamstrung by the current impasse.
"We want to keep hold of these players, but currently we have no resolution of what is going to happen, where we are going to be playing and who we will be playing against, and then there is the funding," Easterby told the BBC. "Ultimately, players are going to hold off and feel like they don't want to commit to something...when they are unaware of what is happening.
"It has been a big issue for me and we cannot hide from it now. It's been going on too long and we need to protect the players and we need to keep them here in Wales. The longer it goes on, the less chance there is of these guys staying."
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