Super League offers for Sam Williams after departing Canberra Raiders

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Sam Williams Canberra Raiders PA Credit: PA Images
Sam Williams Canberra Raiders PA Credit: PA Images

Former Wakefield half-back Sam Williams has revealed he has received interest from Super League after leaving NRL side Canberra Raiders.

The 31-year-old has his boyhood club Canberra with immediate effect in good terms. He says he has departed to give younger players every opportunity in both first-grade and reserve-grade.

Williams, who has made more than 100 appearances for the Raiders across three spells, says he has attracted interest from Super League.

The Australian previously spent two seasons in Super League with Catalans Dragons (2014) and Wakefield (2017).

Williams said: “There are opportunities over here in Australia and overseas in the Super League, but it is a decision that me and the family have to make, whether or not it is something we want to pursue.

“I’m lucky in the sense that my body has held up pretty well over the years and that I’m not moving on because I can’t get out of bed and go to training anymore.

“I don’t want to say it is the end but if there are opportunities we want to do as a family then we will look to do that too.”


Sam Williams waves goodbye to Canberra

Williams played 103 NRL games for the Raiders as well as four for St George Illawarra Dragons in 2014.

He said: “It is my time to leave the club.

“I’m at that point where the club is in a really good position moving forward, especially in the halves. I didn’t want to stay around and stop a younger player coming through the system being able to get game time, whether that is in reserve grade or first grade.

“I think it is important they are given every opportunity to try and secure a deal going forward and I know that I am leaving the club in a really good place.”

“As a squad we are in a really good position and we’ve got a lot of depth. It is never easy but I think it would have been selfish for me to keep playing the rest of the year and prevent someone else from having that opportunity.”

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