England international George Williams has declared his desire to move to the NRL next season.
The 23-year old has two years to run on his deal with Wigan, but wants to come to Australia and is willing to begin negotiating offers from NRL clubs.
“It is something I have always dreamt to do so I definitely want to give it a go if there is a chance,” Williams told NRL.com.
“Wigan would have to agree but if the NRL was an opportunity for me I would love to move to Australia to take that up.”
Williams has played seven games for England, and while touring Australia during last year’s World Cup became induced in the lifestyle Down Under.
“With the World Cup we did eight weeks, we travelled around and I got to see what it was all about,” Williams said.
“I loved it, the lifestyle is good and it is definitely something that I’d like to do.”
Williams had previously been linked to Newcastle and Manly, while Melbourne, Parramatta, Canterbury, North Queensland and Canberra are other teams who may need a playmaker.
“I haven’t spoken to Newcastle but it is nice to hear that there be some interest,” he said.
“If there was an opportunity that came up, that was more than just interest, I would like to pursue that.
“I would have to come to an agreement with Wigan and maybe that is not what they want but it is my dream so if there is an opportunity I want to do it.”
Williams added that the contingent of English players in the NRL has motivated him to join the league, while boosting the international team’s prospects.
“I think it has massively helped England internationally to have so many boys playing week in and week out in the NRL,” Williams said.
“I think our national team has benefitted from that. They play against the Australian boys every week and get to test themselves so it can only make you a better player in my opinion.”