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Tom Williams has been rewarded for his good form with a new Harlequins deal

Last Updated: 16/01/13 11:45am

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Tom Williams: Delighted to be staying with Harlequins

Tom Williams: Delighted to be staying with Harlequins

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Harlequins winger Tom Williams has signed a two-year contract extension and will be staying at the Stoop until at least the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

The 29-year-old is a graduate of the Harlequins academy and has scored 52 tries since he was given his senior debut in 2004.

He has also represented England at sevens level and played for the team who won the famous Hong Kong event during the 2003-4 series.

Williams was at the centre of the 'bloodgate' scandal which erupted after Harlequins were found to have faked an injury to the winger so they could make a tactical substitution during a 2009 Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leinster.

Williams has admitted that he considered quitting rugby in the aftermath of the scandal, for which he was banned for four months, but has instead gone from strength to strength and played a key role as Harlequins won the Aviva Premiership final in May 2012.

Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O'Shea said: "Tom's form over the last 12 months has been outstanding and we are all really looking forward to him continuing that over the coming years.

"Tom has already played 185 times for the club and, at 29, has some great years of rugby ahead of him. He is one of the club's original Academy graduates and his willingness to work with our younger players has had a big impact on their development."

Williams added: "I am delighted to be staying at Harlequins for a further two years. The opportunity to contribute to a club playing such an exciting brand of rugby, with a group of ambitious and talented players, made the decision to stay an easy one."

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