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.

“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.”

Raiders 2021 Player Movements

2021 Gains
Caleb Aekins (Penrith Panthers, 2021), Ryan James (Gold Coast Titans, 2022), Trey Mooney (2021), Harry Rushton (2023), Xavier Savage (2021), Clay Webb (2021)
2021 Losses
John Bateman (Wigan Warriors), Luke Bateman (released), JJ Collins (released), Nick Cotric (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Andre Niko (released), Michael Oldfield (Parramatta Eels)
Jarrod Croker (2024), Josh Papalii (2025), Jordan Rapana (2021), Iosia Soliola (2021), Tom Starling (2022), Jack Wighton (2024)
Off Contract 2021
Caleb Aekins, Matt Frawley, Emre Guler, Siliva Havili, Dunamis Lui, Ata Mariota, Darby Medlyn, Trey Mooney, Kai O'Donnell, Jordan Rapana, Xavier Savage, Harley Smith-Shields, Iosia Soliola, Semi Valemei, Clay Webb, Sam Williams, Hudson Young

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