Rhys Williams signs contract extension at Salford

James Gordon
Rhys Williams

Rhys Williams (22) of Salford Red Devils scores to make it 58-4

Wales international winger Rhys Williams has signed a two-year contract extension at Salford.

Williams, 31, was part of the Red Devils side that reached the 2020 Challenge Cup final and has scored 11 tries in 34 appearances since arriving at the club from London Broncos ahead of last season.

He said: “I’m enjoying my rugby. As long as I’m happy and I’m enjoying being around the team and working hard for them, then that’s good enough for me.

“I pride myself on my consistency and professionalism, and I aim to continue bringing that every week to put in a good performance come game day.”

A 30-cap Wales international, Williams came through the ranks at Warrington, where he had a brief loan spell with Salford back in 2013.

He also had spells away at Crusaders, Castleford and Swinton, before chancing his arm in Australia with Central Queensland Capras.

It was in the capital with the Broncos that Williams truly established himself, scoring 100 tries in 154 appearances between 2015 and 2019.

Salford coach Richard Marshall added: “I’m delighted to have Rhys extend his stay here at Salford, as one of my main goals for 2022 and onwards is to keep the core of our squad together.

“Rhys is an established international player and is consistently good on the wing each week. I’m looking forward to building on the great relationship I already have with him.”

Williams scored a thrilling try as Salford lost 17-16 in last season’s Wembley cup final against Leeds, while he went viral on social media when World Rugby compared him to superstar footballer Mo Salah.

He would have been a sure selection for John Kear’s Wales squad at the World Cup, which has now been postponed until 2022.

The winger became Wales’ all-time leading try scorer back in 2012, overtaking Iestyn Harris, and has now scored 22 tries in total for his country, the last coming in a 40-8 win over Ireland back in 2018.