Williams eyes silverware

George Williams has called on his Wigan team to go one step further than last season as he eyes silverware in 2016. 

Having been given the number six shirt by Shaun Wane last season, Williams flourished as Wigan made it to the Grand Final at Old Trafford, and finished the year as Super League‘s young player of the year.

With a full season now under the 21-year old’s belt in the halfback position, Williams believes that both himself and his team are in a better place than they were 12 months previously.

“We’re definitely in a better position than a year ago, and hopefully we can start off where we left off – if not better,” Williams told Wigan Today.

“Last year was great for me, personally, and hopefully we can go one better this season and win a trophy.”

Wigan fell at the final hurdle in the Super League Grand Final for the second consecutive year, with a 22-20 defeat to Leeds at Old Trafford in October adding to the defeat to St Helens in 2014.

This has caused Shaun Wane to change their usual pre-season schedule, and Williams has admitted that it was one of the hardest pre-seasons he has faced.

“It was very tough, even the lads who’d been in five weeks found it tough,” he said. 

“No matter how much training you’ve done, you can’t prepare for the sleep deprivation, running into freezing water at 3am…it was mentally tough.”

With Williams on international duty in the off-season in the Test Series with New Zealand, he was back to Wigan’s pre-season training later than those not involved.

However, the Wigan-born half back has said that despite his success in 2015, Shaun Wane has given him no leeway since his return.

“I’m glad it’s over with and it’s in the bank,” he said.

“I understood why Shaun wanted me to do it. I’m still young and I’ve got to earn my stripes and work hard.”

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