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.
“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.”
Canberra Raiders 2018 Player Movements
|2018 Gains: Brad Abbey (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2019), Cooper Bambling (2018), Erin Clark (New Zealand Warriors, 2018), Adam Clydsdale (Cronulla Sharks, 2018), Craig Garvey (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2018), Kalani Going (2018), Charlie Gubb (New Zealand Warriors, 2019), Siliva Havili (St George Illawarra Dragons, 2018), Corey Horsburgh (2018), Liam Knight (Sydney Roosters, 2019), Sebastian Kris (2018), Michael Oldfield (Penrith Panthers, 2018), Sam Williams (Wakefield Trinity, 2019)|
|2018 Losses: 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)|
|Re-Signed: Jarrod Croker (2020), Masivesi Dakuwaqa (2018), Joey Leilua (2020), Jordan Rapana (2019), Elliot Whitehead (2020), Jack Wighton (2020)|
|Off Contract 2018: Blake Austin, Kurt Baptiste, Luke Bateman, Shannon Boyd, Bill Cullen, Masivesi Dakuwaqa, Craig Garvey, Siliva Havili, Dunamis Lui, Jack Murchie, Michael Oldfield, Josh Papalii, Junior Paulo, Aidan Sezer, Iosia Soliola|