Wakefield’s Williams wanted new adventure

Wakefield’s new recruit Sam Williams says his short stint with Catalans in 2014 convinced him that a return to Super League was the right move.

Williams left the Canberra Raiders at the end of last season to sign a one-year deal with Trinity. The halfback played 10 games for the French club two years ago.

Williams believes he would regretted not coming back to the competition if he didn’t take this opportunity with Wakefield.

“I’ve always wanted to come back and play in the Super League,” he told Love Rugby League.

“I had a small stint here with Catalans in 2014 and I really enjoyed my time. I’ve always said I wanted to come back and live in England and experience what it has to offer.

“We only have a small timeframe for a career and I feel that if I didn’t make the decision and decide to come over when this opportunity came up then it may never have happened.

“I feel it was a good time to come over and try and better myself as a footballer.”

A Canberra junior, Williams made his NRL debut for the Raiders in 2011. He had a brief spell with St George Illawarra in 2014 before rejoining the Green Machine in 2015.

The 25-year old is still coming to grips with the demands of a winter pre-season as opposed to the summer one in Australia.

“It’s been a little bit different I guess in terms of doing pre-season in the winter instead of the summer,” he said.

“I’m still wondering if I’m better off in the heat or in the cold. It’s just something that’s a little bit different and I guess that’s one of the reasons I wanted to come over here and experience what Wakefield and the Super League had to offer.

“It’s been a little bit of a change, but the club and the people of Wakefield, all the fans of the club have been supportive and really helpful with helping me settle in.

“I’m really enjoying Wakefield.”

Williams will be competing with playmakers Jacob Miller and Liam Finn for a starting spot in the halves.

“We all get along pretty well and both Finny and Jacob Miller have been really good at helping me settle in at the club,” he said.

“We’ve just been doing a lot of work as a team and swapping in combinations and that’s coming along really well.”

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