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Blues flanker Martyn Williams ponders contract offers

Martyn Williams
Martyn Williams has won 98 Wales caps since 1996

Flanker Martyn Williams is considering a new contract offer from the Cardiff Blues and offers from other clubs, BBC Sport Wales understands.

It is understood one of the teams the 98-cap Wales international is in talks with is Premiership side London Wasps.

Such a move would see Williams, 35, join ex-Blues back rower Andy Powell and Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards, who is head coach at Adams Park.

Williams' contract at the Blues runs out at the end of the season.

It had been expected he would leave the Cardiff City Stadium as the Blues look to cut their playing budget.

But Scrum V revealed in February the region's board were working on their budget which would include keeping hold of Williams.

Wales dual-code international legend Jonathan Davies says Cardiff Blues should give Williams a new deal.

"Sometimes you've got to reward them for a bit of loyalty - he's been there a long time," said Davies.

"Whether he stays or goes, he's going to get a club. He's been world-class so he's not going to have a problem wherever he goes, or if he stays."

Blues director of rugby Dai Young earlier hinted that British and Irish Lions flanker Williams could still have a future with the region insisting he "wouldn't write off" that Williams would not be here next season.

The Blues will though be keeping hold of flanker Sam Warburton and Wales wing Tom James who have signed new contracts, while Wales star Tom Shanklin's contract is also up at the end of the season.

Scrum V discusses Martyn Williams

Should Williams leave the Blues, he would become the latest high-profile star of the current crop to go and play his rugby outside Wales.

Scrum half Dwayne Peel was first to do so in 2008, joining Sale Sharks from the Scarlets, while fly-half Nicky Robinson quit the Blues a year later for Gloucester.

Powell joined Wasps at the start of this season after being released by the Blues and is set to sign a new deal at Adams Park.

Ospreys centre Gavin Henson quit this season for Saracens and has since moved to France to join giants Toulon.

He will be joined in France next season by former Ospreys team-mates James Hook, who has signed a deal with Perpignan, and Lee Byrne who is joining Clermont Auvergne.

And prop Craig Mitchell has agreed to leave the Ospreys for Premiership side Exeter Chiefs.

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see also
Powell to sign new Wasps contract
01 Mar 11 |  London Wasps
Blues urged to keep Williams on
21 Feb 11 |  Cardiff Blues
Warburton & James commit to Blues
16 Feb 11 |  Welsh
Williams 'still has Wales future'
24 Jan 11 |  Welsh
Young to start Blues 'rebuilding'
23 Jan 11 |  Cardiff Blues
Williams omitted from Wales squad
23 Jan 11 |  Welsh
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales

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