Tony Williams
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Manly’s Tony Williams is attracting interest

He is the 118kg semi-final X-factor – and he’s up for sale.

Manly Sea Eagles powerhouse Tony Williams comes off contract in a just a few short weeks – and clubs are already showing an intense interest.

The Cronulla Sharks are understood to be one club keen on signing Williams, who stands 192cms.

Williams, 23, has been destructive in recent weeks and will prove to be a key player in Manly’s charge toward the 2011 premiership.

He can play winger, centre, lock or second-row.

“There is interest there,” revealed Williams’s manager, Isaac Moses. “But I don’t want to go too much into it. I just want Tony concentrating on his football in the finals.”

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Then asked whether it was likely Williams would stay at Brookvale, Moses said: “I don’t want to comment on that. Tony is going great – he has always had it in him.

Des has done an amazing job with him. I can’t speak highly enough of him.”

Manly have offloaded forward Shane Rodney and winger Michael Robertson to free up cash in the salary cap.

Sea Eagles chairman Scott Penn was confident Williams would be retained by the club. “My understanding is that a deal is close to being finalised,” Penn said. “We are very keen to keep him. Tony is playing some great football.

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“He is almost impossible to stop when he gets up a full head of steam inside the opposition 20.”

Read more at the Daily Telegraph