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Sean Williams heads to Newcastle

Sean Williams has ended speculation over his future by signing up with Clara Vale Cricket Club in Newcastle, England, as their overseas professional.

Williams signed his contract on Monday and is now waiting for his work permit to enable him to apply for a visa to enter the United Kingdom, and he expects to leave in two weeks time. Williams, 19, got offers from a number of English clubs, but Clara Vale put forward the best deal.

The latest developments mean that Williams will not be able to go to the South African National Academy where he had been offered place, because the Academy runs at the same time as the English domestic season.

"My goal is to play county cricket next season and I am going to work hard to achieve that," he said. "I have not made up my mind on whether I still want to play for Zimbabwe ... it's not an easy decision to make."

In March, Williams, a left handed batsman who is also effective with his left-arm spin, rejected a contract offer from Zimbabwe Cricket as he set his sights on a career outside the country.

He represented Zimbabwe in two Under-19 World Cups, the first in 2004 held in Bangladesh and captained the team to a Super League finish at this year's event in Sri Lanka. Williams has played four ODIs for Zimbabwe.