NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 19: Sam Williams of the Raiders in action during the round three NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Canberra Raiders at Hunter Stadium on March 19, 2016 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Canberra Raiders local junior Sam Williams will return to the Canberra Raiders in 2018 after signing a new two-year deal with the club.

Williams was an instrumental part of Wakefield Trinity’s rise into the Super 8 stages of the English Super League in 2017 after departing the Raiders at the end of 2015.

It will be the third time Williams has been part of the Raiders NRL squad, after making his debut with the club in 2011, he was a member of the squad until departing at the end of 2013, before returning to the club for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Williams said he’s looking forward to returning to Canberra and the Raiders and said he’s ready for the challenge of trying to break back into the Raiders NRL team.

“This has always been home for me, it’s great to be back with a lot of mates that I have made and we have great coaching staff as well,” Williams said.

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“There haven’t been a lot of changes since I left last time, it will be easy for me to slide back into the club, I know the culture and how the place works, it was exciting to get the call back to come here.

“I’m just lucky to be back here and it’s going to be a great challenge, I can’t wait.”

Raiders NRL recruitment and High Performance Manager Peter Mulholland said the club was thrilled to have Williams return to the club, with his experience and work ethic providing the squad with an NRL quality half.

“Sam has proven in the past he is an NRL standard halfback and we are looking forward to him rejoining the squad for the next two seasons,” Mulholland said.

“We know what a hard worker Sam is and we’re expecting him to rejoin the squad and provide us with competition in the halves which is a good thing for any club to have.”

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Canberra Raiders 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains
Brad Abbey (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2019), Cooper Bambling (2018), Craig Garvey (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2018), Kalani Going (2018), Charlie Gubb (New Zealand Warriors, 2018), Setefano Hala (2019), Siliva Havili (St George Illawarra Dragons, 2020), Ata Hingano (New Zealand Warriors, 2019), Corey Horsburgh (2018), Liam Knight (Sydney Roosters, 2019), Sebastian Kris (2018), Michael Oldfield (Penrith Panthers, 2020), Sam Williams (Wakefield Trinity, 2019)
2018 Losses
Kurt Baptiste (Sydney Roosters), Adam Clydsdale (retired), Lachlan Croker (Manly Sea Eagles), Brent Naden (Newcastle Knights), Kato Ottio (Widnes Vikings), Clay Priest (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Zac Santo (New Zealand Warriors), Scott Sorensen (Cronulla Sharks), Dave Taylor (Toronto Wolfpack), Jordan Turner (Huddersfield Giants)
Jarrod Croker (2020), Masivesi Dakuwaqa (2018), Joseph Leilua (2020), Jordan Rapana (2019), Elliott Whitehead (2020), Jack Wighton (2020)
Off Contract 2018


  1. I see no point why you would go back for a THIRD stint, after refusing to re-sign in 2015 and then moving to wakefield. Whatever floats Williams’ boat I guess. This could possibly mean one other halves member is on the outer

    • His favourite movie is “Groundhog Day” perhaps that has something to do with it?
      The Tigers have Benji Marshall and Luke Brooks so they are in desperate need of halves! 😉

  2. Austin could be pretty good off the bench. Has the ability to play in quite a few positions and could be a real impact player.

  3. Austin is on the nose , selfish and not a team player , just look at 2017 raiders highlights reel, they should get rid of the leagues biggest grub BJ , no discipline, just a hot head , but I guess he is a perfect reflection of his mentor

    • Austin is a great bloke mate and he is more individual brilliance yes but thats how he plays, runs it 80% of the time, good player though. I agree on BJ though, he is such a dumb player with so much talent. Overall Williams isnt coming back to kick anyone out its more for competition in the halves, both Sezer and Austin had poor years and will be both fighting for contracts, Williams is just there to boost depth and hopefully under more pressure make the Raiders halves perform.

      • The Raiders halves choked in clutch situations in 2017 and rarely looked like complimenting one another. Williams may not have to wait too long for a call up. Sticky’s patience has run out I think. He wants options.

      • Too hot and cold for me, and much too much of the cold. He obviously has immense natural talent, but he can’t maintain it and often either goes missing or takes the wrong option. he definitley comes across as a selfish player too. I have know idea about whether or not he is on the nose at the Raiders, but it would not surprise me in the least if he is, and as MW47 is a local I would expect he would at least have some idea on it. I get that Austin comes across as a great bloke, such as giving the fan a lift to the game this year, but he doesn’t seem like a great team mate, which is more important in a team sport.

        • If he is on the nose at the Raiders it’s beggars belief how they can sign him for a third stint at the club. Maybe sticky just likes to get people’s hopes up only to disappoint later on. No doubt you would recall his brief stint at the Eels and his attempt to give the club a make over? How long did it take the Eels to recover? 😉

        • I was referring to Austin mate.

          As for Ricky at the Eels, sure he lest the club in a bit of a state, but he was responsible for getting rid of some dead wood on the roster too.

        • Oh, my bad. From reports from one of the locals it sounds like there are things going on behind the scenes that the rest of us are unaware of. That’s the truth with ALL clubs I know. Re Sticky… getting rid of half the club is one thing but telling the players mid-season that they were not required for the following season seems like sabotage, especially when he flew the coup not long afterwards. I would be less forgiving if he did that at Souths. Wasn’t there also a problem at the Eels because of heavily back-ended contracts that Sticky was responsible for or am I getting that wrong?

    • Austin is a “great bloke” you know him ? You live in Canberra ? Seriously homer just because you read “wheels magazine” dosnt mean you can drive a Porsche ! For the record it’s public knowledge here in Canberra that Austin is out of favours

    • Smoke em peace pipe chief? Seagulls? Good! Much better than Sea Eagles hey chief? White-bellied Sea-Eagle rare chief. Yellow-bellied Sea-Eagle much more common. 😉

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